Economic Cycles

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Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers in charge of the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance.  Then let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and store up the grain for food in the cities under Pharaoh’s authority, and let them guard it.  Let the food become as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land will not perish during the famine.”

Now the proposal seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his servants. Then Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit?” So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.” Genesis 41:4-40 NASB

There are seasons of life that are defined by events such as landing on the moon or the destruction of the twin towers in New York City, economic prosperity or widespread poverty, freedom or bondage, sickness and health. Joseph was able to interpret Pharoah’s dreams with God’s help. In doing so, he offered an approach to weathering the coming seven years of economic change. When Pharoah looked for someone possessing unusual wisdom, he found him standing right in front of himself- Joseph! Christians have access to the very mind of our all-knowing God. We ought to seek Him more for the answers to big problems. He promises to give liberally the wisdom from above to the humble person who asks for it. How awesome would it be if it was said of you today “there is no one so discerning and wise as you are”. To which you could reply “to God be the glory”!

Am I perceiving the season that I am in? Can I discern what is coming so that I might prepare myself, family, friends, church, city, and country?

God, as this day begins- I confess my lack of knowledge. Would you give me keen insight into what is happening, why its occurring and what can be done about it. To have Your words and thoughts in my mind would be such a blessing. You’ve been so good. Help me do well in every economic cycle. More importantly, may I shine as a little light reflecting Your great love and joy.

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