Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Best of the Land

Genesis 47:1-12

Think about where you live.  What would be considered the best in the land?  If you live in a farming area, perhaps it is acreage that has great drainage and a good location.  Maybe you live in a scenic area and the best of the land holds the most breathtaking view.  It could be the best fishing spot or the place that provides the best sunrise.  Maybe it is the place where a valuable natural resource is found.  No matter how you look at it, there is a place near you that is perceived to better than any where else.  Jacob and his sons had the opportunity to go before Pharaoh who would tell them where they could reside.  Please read Genesis 47:1-12 to see what he offered Joseph's family.

Jacob blessed Pharaoh twice in these verses, and I wonder if Pharaoh understood that Jacob meant his blessings and they were not spoken lightly.  When Joseph presented his family to Pharaoh, they explained that shepherding was their occupation.  Pharaoh offered to have them live in the best of the land in Goshen, so that is what Joseph did.  So, basically these people had an occupation that the Egyptians found detestable yet they were given the best of the land.  We also know that this is because of the high regard the Pharaoh had for Joseph.  It was through Joseph that his family was given the best while they were away from their promised land.

Once again, I am by no means suggesting that Joseph's story foretells our story with our Creator; however, it does make me think of the glorious promises we have in Christ.  It is through Christ that we are given an audience before God, our Maker.  It is through Christ that we are given countless blessings.  Jesus reminds us of this in Matthew 7:9-11 (NLT), "You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?  Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!  So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him."  Jesus also told us in John 16:23-24 (NLT), "At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything.  I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and He will grant your request because you use my name.  You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy."  Because of Christ we are told that we can have what we ask in His name.  When we ask, God will give gifts that are good for us - the best for us.  We have this promise while we are here and we also cling to the promise that one day we will be called home to the Promised Land with our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Do you believe that God will provide what is best for you now until you are called home?

This post is linked with iFellowship Blog Hop and Word Filled Wednesday.

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