Prepare

“They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food.” (Gen 41:35)

The wisdom of God and His revelation to Joseph not only moved a man from prison to prime minister in a day, but it also saved a nation from being destroyed by famine.

This is a dramatic demonstration of the intervention of God through revelation. He talks to those who listen and warns those who will heed His voice. When we take the time to invite Him into our work, we will receive insight and revelation.

While saving a nation is a big deal, God is also interested in the smaller scale. We have every hair on our head numbered and every minute of every day accounted for. Large or small, what we face is of interest to Him.

Quick Prayer: Give me wisdom and insight into the future. Amen.

Saving

“The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. (Pro 21:20)

Fiscal management has some foundational principles. None is more fundamental that putting aside some of what we earn for a rainy day.

It doesn’t get more basic that the wisdom of saving, yet most people in our consumer-driven, materialistic culture spend, spend, spend. Credit cards get maxed, and debt is rife. Just because society behaves in a particular way doesn’t mean we have to comply, despite the pressure to do so.

It is the wise who store up and the foolish who gulp their food down. What a strange but apt description of the consumption of what should be put aside. It speaks to me of greed and the carnal nature—something we all need to guard against.

Quick Prayer: Lord, please help me save. Amen.