Spirit & Life Devotional
Wednesday, September 16
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Preparing For A Famine
"But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want." Luke 15:14 NKJV
Jesus told a parable of a certain man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, "Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me." The man obliged, divided his assets and gave him his. Not many days after, the younger son gathered his inheritance, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. And when he had spent all, there was a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.
A lot of us are like the prodigal son; we earn money, God provides, but we spend all without saving and investing. Well, investing is optional. And then, when there's an issue; loss of job or emergencies, we are in want and then resort to borrowing. And you know, the borrower is a servant to the lender.
When God gave Pharaoh revelations of the seven years of prosperity and the seven years of famine, here's what Joseph advised: “Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming... Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine.”
You see, it's wisdom to save. Joseph proposed saving 20%. Not a bad idea.