Go to Joseph,
whatever he says to you, you shall do …
The peoples of all the earth came to Egypt
to buy grain from Joseph,
because the famine was severe in all the earth.
Genesis 41:55, 57
Pharaoh gave instructions to the people to obey Joseph. If the people were to live, they were to obey Joseph. All the peoples of the earth came toEgyptto buy grain from him—not just Egyptians, but all peoples.
The storehouses were built and filled by the Egyptians. The grain in them was offered to them first. As the famine went on, word spread about the grain inEgyptand all peoples began to come. None were turned away if they had the money to pay. The people sold all they had, including their lands and even themselves, in order to buy this grain.
The famine was severe in all the earth in this day of Joseph, and it is severe today. The famine of sin, the drought of depression and sickness.
The starvation of souls is rampant upon the earth.
Just as God made the way for Joseph to supply grain to all who hungered and came to him, God has made the way for us. In Matthew 17:5, God speaks on behalf of Christ and says, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” The Word tells us in John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life.” Just as Pharoah said, “Go to Joseph, whatever he says to you, you shall do” (Genesis 41:55), so God has told us to go to Jesus, and whatever He says, we are to do.
Oh, precious one, Jesus says He is the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). He tells us in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger.” He says that the one that comes to Him will certainly not be cast out (John 6:37).
Jesus came to the Jews first, but just as Joseph’s grain was available to all peoples, so His gift of life is offered and available to all, “for you were slain and purchased for God with your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).
Joseph’s grain required a payment, but Jesus Himself covered the cost of His grain. He knew we could never pay the price. We could not even sell ourselves, for we were already slaves to another.
We were slaves to sin and we owed sin its wage, but when we come to Jesus, He pays off our sin debt and then He offers us the free gift of God, which is eternal life in Him. His bread is free to all who come. We may be in the midst of a severe famine, but in Christ and through Christ our every need will be supplied.
Are you suffering in sin?
Come to Christ.
Are you suffering in depression?
Do you have conflicts without and fears within?
Then come to Christ, to God
“who comforts the depressed” (2 Corinthians 7:6).
Oh, precious one, do you know those who are starving?
Have you offered them some bread?
Have you told them where they can go to be fed?
Thank You for Your grain of salvation. Jesus, thank You for this bread. My soul was starving, and I came to You and I did eat and I am satisfied. My soul is full and overflowing. You give me each day my daily bread (Matthew 6:11). You are my constant supply; Your compassions are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22–23) “How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple” (Psalm 65:4). Oh I praise You, my Lord and my God.
In Jesus’ name I pray,