Surviving the famine- 5 key biblical tools on survival
One of the end time prophecies that Jesus said would take place is found in the book of Matthew. Matthew 24: 7 ~ For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places~ Though there are many other prophecies in this verse (and in the Bible) including pestilences which means plagues, sickness and diseases, the one that I want to focus on is famines. The word famine in Greek is Limos (leemos)- Which means- A scarce of food, a lack of supply , a dearth or shortage. And when a famine occurs, money can not help, because there are no supplies! However, even though these prophecies in Matthew 24:7, and many more will take place, ( not one Word of God’s has ever failed). At the same time, God has given us some great tools to survive. We will look briefly at Genesis 41. In this chapter, the Bible tells about one of the most astounding events that ever happened. Egypt, Israel and all of the surrounding nations were experiencing a major famine. During this time, God ordained a man by the name of Joseph who would lead the way and save the world during this time. In this blog we will look at five main points to help us prepare for the days ahead.
Tool # one- Take his Word serious. In Genesis 41: 26-29- Pharaoh the king of Egypt had a dream about this famine, the dream occurred BEFORE it happened, and Joseph was able to interpret this dream. The dream was about 7 good kine and 7 good ears of corn, and 7 ill or bad kine, and 7 ill corn. Joseph was able to determine that the 7 good kine and corn, meant that there were 7 good years of harvest coming. And the 7 bad ears of corn and kine, meant that after the 7 good years, there would come a treacherous 7 years of famine. The point that I want to make is that God gave them warning. As God warns us both in His Word, and by many signs. The point is, that we must take the warnings serious and act on them. As a Christian acting on a warning from God is not a sign of lacking trust in God nor is it a sign of fear, it is just the opposite. God warns us so that we can act!.
Tool # two- Pray for Wisdom. James 1:5- If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
One of the greatest benefits that God has blessed us with, is that we are able to ask God for wisdom. Ask , and He will grant us His infinite wisdom freely. Upbraideth means to withhold. Thus God will not withhold wisdom. We must pray first, and the Lord will show us how and when to obtain what is needed. He will also show us what’s not needed. God gives us wisdom in all areas. And he is able to keep us.
Tool # three- The bible instructs us to be temperate (1 Cor 9: 25, Gal 5: 23, 2 Peter 1: 6). Temperate means to be self-disciplined- at a regulated pace. This includes talking, sleeping, exercising, eating, spending and so on. We must exercise caution with over-spending and over-eating. Especially during a famine. A famine is serious and one never knows what the future brings. Overeating and over spending is not wise. We have to learn to be self-disciplined and take and eat only what is needed. Being temperate not only has great health benefits, it also is the way to survive a famine. Not to mention it is a godly trait!
Tool # Four- Store up against the hardships. In Genesis 41: 34-3, through the guidance of God, Joseph instructed Pharaoh to use the 7 years of harvest, and to STORE up against the 7 years of famine that was coming. The point – We have to store up! We have to save. Whether rich or poor, we all will experience a famine at some point in our lives.Storing up and saving (especially money) gives us something to lean on. It is the biblical way of financial planning and saves us in the times of trouble.
Tool # five: The greatest weapon is Prayer. We must learn to pray before everything we do, and God will show us the way. Prayer reverences God as the omnipotent -all powerful one that he is , prayer reverences Him as the one that can show the way. Prayer reverences Him, as the one who has all the answers.
Every nation ended up coming to Joseph, and Joseph was able to open up all of the storehouses, saving all of Egypt, Israel and all of the nations from the famine. They all made it through, they stood through it all, and survived the famine.
Genesis 41:54-57- And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do. And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.