The Right Person
When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.
- Genesis 41:56-57
Everything happened according to what God had revealed to Joseph. And Joseph’s plan worked perfectly.
The narrative in Genesis 41 gets into the operational logistics of Joseph’s plan. He established granaries in the city centers so that he would be able to have a localized and decentralized distribution network when the famine hit. He collected a comical amount of grain in a time when no one cared about the tax and then charged people to purchase grain when the famine hit, enriching his adopted nation and fending off a welfare-state relationship with the people.
Joseph was the right person in the right place at the decisive moment. And the whole world was blessed through him.
In this same way, we look to Jesus. In the decisive moment, he offered himself up and died to set us free. He did the hard work of living a lifetime of loving integrity so that he would be ready for that moment. His courage didn’t fail him, and neither did his love. And we’re all better off for it.
Pause for a moment and thank God for putting the right people in your life in decisive moments. You may have a long list of those people to thank God for; or you may only have one person on that list, Jesus. But however long your list is, a pause to express gratitude will be good for your soul.
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