Nº 186 weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - February 22, 2022
Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of. - Charles Spurgeon
Two troubling dreams perplexed Pharoah. Seven healthy cows were gobbled up by seven scrawny cows. Seven plump heads of grain were consumed by seven emaciated ones. God revealed the meaning to Joseph who in turn delivered the message to Pharoah.
Seven years of abundance turned into seven years of scarcity. Feasting pivoted to famine.
Joseph was promoted to Vice-Pharoah and tasked to save the nation from the impending shortage of food. His strategy was simple: save during the good years to survive the lean ones. “Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.” (Genesis 41:49)
Saving for tough times involves more than storing extra food in a closet. Nutrition is only one of the things we can lack.
We all face dry spells, broken relationships, health concerns, financial setbacks, or unreasonable work demands. What we store away in the seasons of grace will sustain us during times of scarcity. Count your blessings, build community, study the Bible, establish disciplines, and memorialize God’s gracious gifts. During seasons of grace, store away the abundance that will sustain you during the dry seasons of life.
Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc