The Severe Famine

“Now the famine was severe in the land. And when they had eaten the grain that they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” (Genesis 43:1-2 ESV)

For a second time, it is the hunger of Joseph’s brothers caused by the great famine which compels them to go into Egypt (cf. Gen. 42:2). As we looked at before, it is our hunger — our awareness of our need for spiritual sustenance — which brings us to Christ.  The sons of Jacob (except Simeon) returned to their homes in Canaan. And it was not until they had eaten up all of the grain which they were given during their first visit to Egypt that Jacob sent them again. What a profound reminder to us that we must return again and again to the Lord in order to receive our own “food.” Jesus is our Bread of Life, but we must partake of Him continually; we must stay close to Him if we hope to remain filled.

It is interesting to note that God repeatedly uses a time of crisis, a period of desperation in order to bring Joseph’s brothers to where He wants them. So often we resist and despise the struggles and times of need in our own lives, yet God chooses to use these times to bring us closer to Him. In our own times of “plenty”, we lose sight of our need for the Lord and begin to forget that He is the Provider of our needs. When this happens, God lets our own grain run out that we might return to Him again.

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,


[This post was originally published October 25, 2010]

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

(*English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)

2 thoughts on “The Severe Famine”

  1. Thank you, Loren, for helping us see the need of Him in our lives . . .the usefulness of running out and being in desperate need. This realization has helped me embrace the lean times with a better attitude, knowing that He has provision for me that I could never receive any other way. 🙂 God bless you as you bless us in His name! deb


    1. Very well put, Deb, thanks 🙂

      There is provision that God has in store for us that cannot be obtained any other way. This should help us to embrace the lean times with a little more acceptance, just as you said. It certainly isn’t easy, but if we can see things from God’s perspective it will surely make the hard times more bearable.


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