When Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, he told him that there would be seven years of great plenty, but after that seven years of famine. Through that dream, Pharaoh tasked Joseph with coming up with a plan to prepare for the famine. He set out to gather up all the food and store it. He did not stop even though the amount of grain gathered was immeasurable. He knew he had to prepare to feed the inhabitants during the seven years of famine.

In our world, we have experienced times of plenty – we had access to everything at the tip of our fingers. During those times of plenty, we tend to forget that we need to be storing up for the times of famine. No, I do not mean hoarding groceries. We have to prepare ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually for a famine.

There are people starving for the Word. They are in distress, looking to the world for answers. The world cannot give the peace that only comes from the Father. People are lacking social interaction and need a relationship with God. We also need to spend more time on our relationship with God. In times of plenty, we tend to spend less time with God. In times of famine, we need to lean on Him more.

We have to prepare our minds to understand that things will not be the same as they were before. We cannot go back to our time of plenty. We have to press forward through this time of famine. No, it will not last forever, but it will not go back to the way it was before.

Do not stay in despair waiting for the situation to change. Stand strong in our time of famine knowing that our Lord is with us.

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