“And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks” Genesis 43:23
Times were tough. Food was scarce. Jacob, the old man, found it necessary to send his sons to Egypt to purchase grain in order to keep his family alive in the famine. On the last trip the steward of pharaoh’s house had kept the next to the youngest of Jacob’s sons to insure that the brothers would return. They did not yet know that this stern bureaucrat was, in fact, their long lost brother. Joseph. He was the brother that they had sold into slavery years before. Under the good hand of God he had risen to a great position in Egypt. On their first trip to buy grain he had recognized them and had begun to search out their hearts to see if they had changed as the years had passed. This time he required them to leave their brother, Simon but had secretly hidden their payment for the food back in their sacks of grain. When they found the money they returned and sheepishly tried to explain to Joseph about the money. Joseph tells them to “fear not.” They do not need to be afraid because he had placed the money in their sacks so that they would return. He says, “fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks.”
Do you fear that God has not provided sufficiently for your needs? The truth is He has provided abundantly. It is just not where we might expect. It will not always come as a check in the mail or a bonus in the pay packet. It may come as good health and strength with no doctor visits. The car may perform better than we could have expected. There is the treasure of His Word and the pricelessness of His peace. It may seem that He is letting a need go buy. Let’s trust Him to keep His promise in His time. Meanwhile let’s look for and thank Him for those “treasures in our sacks.”
Fear not, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
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