Imagine that you have just gone to the grocery cart and filled your buggy with all the things you’ll need for the next month. The cart is overflowing, and now your pocket book is empty!
After getting home, you begin the process of putting away all your groceries. In the bottom of the last bag you unload, you gasp because of what you see in the bottom of the bag. There in the dark corner of the sack is the exact amount of money you thought you had paid for all this food!
How would you respond? Would you:
- Rejoice, skip and leap for joy?
- Moan and wail, being sure you were headed to jail?
This scenario is pretty much what happened to Joseph’s brothers after they came to Egypt to get food during the famine. Joseph recognized them, but they didn’t recognize Joseph. He sent them back home to get their younger brother, Benjamin, but before they left for their journey, Joseph loaded them down with food, and then had their money put back into their sacks.
When they got home and “unloaded the groceries,” they found their money and feared for their lives! They were sure Joseph would punish them severely, thinking they hadn’t paid for this load of food. They cried out, ”
What is this that God hath done unto us?
It was a curse to them. It felt like God’s hand was against them, when all along, it was the Lord’s kindness, revealed through their brother, Joseph.
Have you ever felt that way when something difficult happened? Our first response is to point a finger at heaven and say, “God! Why did you do this to me?!” We don’t recognize that this might be God doing something for us, rather than against us.
When the food was gone and the brothers returned back to Egypt, with their little brother in tow, one of the first things they told Joseph’s servants upon their arrival was about the “cursed money.” But listen to the servant’s response:
Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks:
The very thing that was supposed to be a BLESSING to them, they looked at as a curse. But all along, the Lord was going before them to provide for their needs.
Friends, let’s lift our heads out of the darkness and up towards God to see the plan for the “treasure that He has tucked into our sacks.” See it with eyes of faith. He has gifted you and me in ways we could never have planned.
Instead of fretting and fuming over what seems like a difficulty, rejoice! There’s a treasure in our sack! If you don’t see the treasure today, keep looking; God will reveal it in time.
What treasure have you turned into a curse? I pray this helps you get a biblical perspective!
P.S. Tomorrow we’re going to take this principle and apply it in a very practical way to our everyday lives. Hope you’ll come back and read!