Genesis 42:1-2: If you know the answer…

“When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?” He continued, “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die.” NIV

How many of us regularly know the answer for a problem we are facing, yet we do the equivalent of Joseph’s brothers – essentially, nothing?! Maybe it’s because we don’t like the answer we know. It entails danger, difficulty and effort to lay hold of it. But there is an answer. Change is possible, but it is rarely without some cost. So it may feel easier to live with the status quo, even though you don’t like it.

What ‘answer’ are you evading at the moment, and why?

Yesterday we saw a comparison between Joseph and Jesus –  both exalted to a high place, and using their power and authority to feed the hungry. But I should also draw a contrast: whereas bread could be bought from Joseph, Jesus offers Himself, the Bread of life, without money and without price.

PRAYER: Lord, please forgive me for living with what I need not live with, when there is an answer in you. And forgive me for not always liking, or wanting, the answer