Abraham never knew that one day his great grandchildren would need to be saved from a great famine. He had followed God from his home trusting in His provision for himself and his family. But famine came to his heir. Death was at their doorstep. But God had a plan already in place to save them. Psalms 105 Verse 17 spells out the plan. “He sent a man before them-“
Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, had been sent ahead by God to prepare the way to save His people. The Bible tells us Joseph obeyed the Lord and made himself ready to be used. When the famine arrived, Joseph was in place, prepared to save his family.
Have you encountered a “famine” in your life? You probably have and didn’t realize what it was. In the natural world, a famine caused by weather patterns, results in little to no crops being harvested. There is not enough food to feed the population depending on it. There is loss, deprivation, sadness, depression and death. Doesn’t this describe some situations we have encountered? Rejection, lost love, sadness over a great loss, even death of dreams, desires or a special someone is a famine. Even losing your faith in God due to circumstances results in famine. And we begin to think we might die from the lack in our life.
But God had a plan. He sent a Man before us. One who would experience all we experience so He is ready to help us through the famine, back into a season of abundance and joy.
Jesus went before us. Like Joseph He was tested and found to be pure, full of wisdom, and willing to stand ready to help us through the season of lack. He set God’s plan for us in place so when famine comes, He is waiting for us to come to Him for help.
Psalms 104: 4 “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore.”
Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to find help and food to sustain his family. Help did not come to him. God tells us to ‘seek’ Him. He is ready to help us, but we have to humble ourselves and go to Him seeking the help we need. Jesus is ready right now to heal scars from earlier famines or to provide what we need to get through the one we are in. Don’t hesitate! God placed a “Man” before us to save us, restore us, and to make a great nation out of us. Seek Him. “Seek Him and you will find” (Matthew 7:7). Seek Him and He will provide abundance in the midst of your famine. God sent a man before us who loves us enough to wait with a heart ready to heal.