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  • Alan Fong

How to Live and Not Die!

Today’s Verse:

Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die. ~Genesis 42:1-2

Our devotion this morning takes us to the initial years of a famine in Egypt and the surrounding areas. A famine is when there is a scarcity of food. Famines result in hunger, loss of jobs, large-scale unemployment, shortages, and eventually death. The famine in our scripture affected Jacob and his family. Jacob discovered there was food they could buy in Egypt. He looked at his sons and told them to go down to Egypt and buy food. However, our thought this morning is not so much about the famine as it is about Joseph’s sons. They were complacent. He asked them, “Why do ye look one upon another?” He was addressing their complacency. Let us see how Jacob gives us instruction on what to do when we are affected by complacency.

We see the affliction of complacency.