Advent: December 9: The Forgiving Prince

Genesis 37-46

Most agricultural crops need at least 2 inches of rain per week to thrive in hot and dry environments. Without rain, our communities undergo tremendous strain. It is not always visible to every person because of the slow nature of this natural disaster, but it is costly over time. During drought, crops cannot grow, and livestock may die because there is a shortage in water or there may be an increase in price for your cheese at the grocery store because of decreased milk production in cows. Not only can drought occur in the hot summer months, but snow drought can occur in the winter. A lack of snow accumulation caused by warm temperatures impedes snowpack from acting as a natural reservoir, which provides water throughout the drier summer months. The economic impact of summer and winter droughts on society alone can affect our overall health, food production, and increase safety risks from wildfires, disease, insect infestations, and heatstroke.

Famines are mentioned near 100 times in the Bible, and because of Israel and Egypt’s geographical locations and short rainy seasons, less than ideal precipitation could be devastating. Void of tremendous irrigation systems, technology, and protocols, if drought was severe enough, it could wipe out a people group from the Earth.

Although it would have been easy to be discouraged, Joseph remained faithful to God and believed He would provide. Furthermore, it is evident that God allowed Joseph to go through many hardships and years of prison in order to be exalted to the position he was in in Egypt.

In Joseph’s prime, God gave him insight and wisdom in order to lead a nation through extreme drought for 7 years by planning ahead, conserving, and distributing in order to salvage what could have been a loss. He rescued the nation of Egypt, but he also rescued God’s chosen people and the lineage from which Jesus would come.

SEE GOD AROUND YOU

Go outside and look at the ground, check it with a screwdriver. Is the dry and cracked, or is it muddy? How has the weather been this week overall? Does the state of the soil make a good foundation for growing things, or will the roots barely take hold?

Put out a rain gauge to calculate how much rainfall your yard gets per week. Is this enough once summer comes?

If it snows, measure with a ruler the amount of snowfall that you have. How long does it take this to melt?

APPLICATION

Although we are not in control of the weather or what or when we will eat, we can rest in knowing that God has a plan for us within his good Grace. He will provide for us whatever we need in His perfect timing, just as he always brings the spring rain. Praise the Lord today for sending His rain (and snow).

Hosea 6:30

“Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of the dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.”

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