“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” (Jn. 6:27)
In a vision a few days ago I was shown open cupboard doors with shelves that were tightly stocked with grain. Immediately I thought about Joseph who stored grain before the seven-year famine struck Egypt. In doing so, he saved Israel from a certain death.
To remain within the scope of the vision, the grain typifies the importance of stocking up for a coming spiritual famine. The negative effects which are already so evident in a growing population. Countless have become increasingly anxious due to shortness of supplies here in Canada; many others are apprehensive and restless over banks hiking their rates. Others are worried about an inordinate snowy and humid winter known to foster extreme power outages. The list of stressors too long to include in this post is getting longer with each passing day it seems. For sure there is merit in preparing for bad weather during these times of great and uncertain changes, of being cautious with financial investments and even stocking up on provisions as moved by the Holy Spirit. But GOD does not want HIS people anxious.
The vision is a reminder for all of us to partake of the Word that feeds the mind and the heart during these days of uncertainty. To digest it, put it into application daily and be fortified (Spoken Word) now and for coming days. Look not on those things which rust and which moths eat but store your treasure in heaven, said the Lord. Give no anxious thought for tomorrow for today is sufficient unto itself, the Master instructed. And the sparrows! If our FATHER cares for them, how much more for those who are HIS. What a tragic fate for those who are prepared to survive the elements; are physically stocked with food and supplies but are spiritually emaciated and starving to death.
Joseph’s name means: “he will add” or “he will increase”. As a type and shadow concealed in the Old Testament, his name parallels the role of the Lord Jesus. He is the One who will establish in full His kingdom on earth and it is Him who adds and increases. The Lord over all the earth is the One who provides in accordance with His promise of restoration and of provisions for His people, regardless of what happens in this temporary fallen world. Finally, freely we have received His blessings, freely we are called to give in return.
“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.” (Joel 2:25-26)
With praises to our ever loving GOD of grace. And with thanksgiving to you First Begotten Son and Lord God Jesus Christ, eternal Word and Food of Life. I pray that this merciful reminder blesses others as much as it is blessing me. ~
Keep the Faith – do not let your hearts be troubled. Abide and trust in the Lord.