During Joseph's time as second-in-charge of Egypt, the people were starving. Crops hadn't grown, so trading stopped and a once wealthy nation was brought to its knees. Sound familiar? Much of the western world is in a time of crisis right now. Recession, unemployment, prices rising and benefit payments falling. Sadly, you don't have to look far to find good people struggling to feed their families for reasons beyond their control.
As a young man Joseph was foolish at times, but he loved God and worked hard. His life was a rollercoaster of ups and downs. But, through it all he remained faithful to God, learned his lessons and used his gifts. Ultimately God blessed him, his family and Egypt through him. God gave him wisdom to see the problems coming and a plan to save Egypt.
God wants to use you too. Greed has brought the world to its knees and we need an antidote. God is calling young people like you to model a new way of living, of working, of doing business and a new way of taking care of the lost, the last and the least. If you're coming out of a family or community hit hard by hopelessness, don't lose sight of God. He hasn't lost sight of you, and hasn't abandoned His hope for you.
So what now? Look up 'foodbank' on Google. If there's one near you (your church might know), get in touch. Whether they need you, or you need them, there could be a great ministry there.
SoulFood: 2 Kings 1:1 - 4:17, Matt 20:1-16, Ps 106:24-48, Pro 7:3-5
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by Rhema Media. 2011 UCB International Ltd