This vignette is adapted from Charles H. Spurgeon's, "Morning and Evening", May 21, Evening.
Famine’s curse had affected every nation, and it seemed Jacob and his tribe would not escape its reach; but Providence never forgets the objects of electing love. You see, nothing surprises God, and He had already been making provision for the small Israelite tribe that would become as large in number as grains of sand along the seashore. Little did Jacob expect the deliverance that would come from Egypt through his very own flesh and blood; but there was enough for him and his whole household. The grain in Egypt had been carefully stored during the years of plenty. There was so much grain that it equaled the treasures of Egypt’s Pharaoh, and it was all controlled by the hand of the beloved Joseph who not only wisely stored the life-giving source but also opened and closed the granaries at will.
Believer, though all things are apparently against you, rest assured that God has made a reservation on your behalf; in the catalogue of your griefs there is a saving clause. He will make a way to provide for you. His deliverance may originate from someone or someplace totally unexpected, but He will provide. When your help comes, do not be negligent in magnifying the name of the Lord Who will make all things work together for your good.
If people do not feed you, ravens will; and if the earth yields no harvest, heaven will drop with manna, for God is pleased to shower His children from heaven’s supply, and He owns cattle on a thousand hills! Therefore, be of good courage, and be confident in His ability to supply your need and rest in that sweet confidence of a loving merciful God. Eye has not seen, neither has ear heard, neither has entered into the mind of man the wonderful things God has in store for them who love Him. As Joseph was abundantly ready to care for his father and family, so the living Savior, Jesus Christ, will abundantly supply from His heavenly coffers.
Just as Joseph’s brothers traveled to Egypt to request assistance, so we must not sit still in hopeless repose, but allow the awakened power of faith to take us quickly into the presence of our royal Brother, where, once before His throne, we need only ask. His heart is not hard toward those who are contrite and who have been released from the bonds of pride and self-centeredness.
Lord, forgive our unbelief and let us draw from Your fullness to supply abundantly our every need.
Counting on His supply,