Back in“I Will…” all those weeks ago we saw that GOD promised Abram that he would be made into a great nation. It is not until we get to this section of Genesis that we begin to really see this.
All around everything is dying. The famine is very great and there is no food anywhere except for Egypt. People buy all their grain from Joseph, so much so that all the money that was to be found in Egypt came to Joseph (47:14). When their money had run out the people exchange their livestock for food. The following year they have no money and no livestock so they sell him their land. Joseph (and therefore Pharaoh) ended up with everything; money, livestock, land. Joseph wasn’t stupid though, he ensured that the land wouldn’t be wasted so rented the land back to the people for one fifth of the harvest it yielded – in a famine that may not be much, but long term it was a good business plan.
In all of this devastation the nation of Israel is doing the opposite. Settled in the best part of the land they acquire property, are fruitful and increase greatly in number (47:27).
The circumstances said that you must sell everything to survive but the Israelites were going against circumstance.
It is so easy to be distracted by our environment. We can look at what is around us and very quickly sink to that level. Maybe that might be talking the way our colleagues do or behaving like our friends. If we view the world with the lens of our circumstance we can lower our expectations of what GOD wants to do too.
The Israelite nation had been settled in Goshen because it was the best physically but it was also set apart from Egypt. For us to walk in the promises of GOD we need to know that He has given us the best portion, the best land to live in but it is for us to set apart our minds from our circumstances and from what we see.
Paul, in the New Testament refers to this as the renewing our minds.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
To be transformed begins with the renewing of the mind. Without having this heavenly perspective you cannot test and approve what is GOD’s will. If you are stuck with letting your circumstances tell you what you are, why you are there and what to do you are not living in the good, pleasing and perfect will of GOD.
A heart filled with faith and lacking in doubt sees things very differently. It is certain and unshakable.
The promises of GOD are not dependent on circumstances when you set your mind on the creator of the universe, the perfect and good GOD.
Are there circumstances that you need to gain a heavenly perspective on today?