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Slaves to Food? No. In Whatever State I am: Contentment

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

In Genesis 47, Joseph literally puts the entire kingdom of Egypt in a state of slavery to Pharaoh because of their need for food during the famine.
Gen. 47:18-19 "When that year was over, the next year rolled around and they were back, saying, 'Master, it's no secret to you that we're broke: our money's gone and we've traded you all our livestock. We've nothing left to barter with but our bodies and our farms. What use are our bodies and our land if we stand here and starve to death right in front of you? Trade us food for our bodies and our land. We'll be slaves to Pharaoh and give up our land--all we ask is seed for survival, just enough to live on and keep the farms alive.'" (MSG)
Food is such a powerful thing. It is life to those who are starving. It is a need, a necessity.
But growing up in America with grocery stores at every few intersections and kitchen pantries filled with goodies 'til the expiration date passes, it has become so out of proportion and twisted. Transportation is as easy as hopping in a car. There is no need to walk.
People around the globe can identify Americans on the spot because of our girth and double chins.
So where is the balance? How can we be wise in our perspective that food is a necessity and not to be a god in our lives, even while living in the lap of luxury?
Feast or famine--both are extremes and have their time and place. Moderation is the goal. With Christ as the potter, He can work to mold us and shape us into His image and His servants.
Encouraging Verse:
Philippians 4:11-13 "Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (NKJV)
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