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{July 31, 2007}   Chapter 6

This chapter shows us how wisdom, obedience, and patients can be beneficial not only in our spiritual grow, but our financial growth.

Applying the wisdom God has shown me not only through His word but through this book, I am in a position that normally would have me fretting on a constant basis.  My current position, I am in between jobs.  Instead, my days are filled with peace and joy.  I find peace in being obedient and being a good steward of what He has blessed me with.

In this chapter, Pastor Jandl shows us how Joseph’s dreams did not bring him wealth, but the willingness to share his wisdom did.  God blessed Joseph with a gift, and Joseph was obedient by using his gift to help Pharaoh by the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream.

There are some who claim to live each day as if it were their last.  To enjoy life, every moment.  This sounds great to many, but God calls us to be diligently faithful to His commands and His will.  There are things that Christians will not be able to experience, but just like any unbeliever, we too have times of success and times of joy.  It is those times when we must cherish the moment, but prepare for the time that will follow.  Yes, we should remain positive and remain faithful to God always, but it is a known fact that times of sorrow and times of trouble will follow.  Life is a cycle of ups and downs.  How we respond to the down times is the key. We should be like Job, never blaming God for things that happen to us that are unfavorable, yet we should bless HIS name and give Him thanks and glorify His name always. (Job 1:21)

This chapter announces The Joseph Principle:

    1. there are cycles of prosperity and recession in every economy.
    2. during times of prosperity, surpluses should be saved and not consumed.
    3. in times of recession, that surplus can be multiplied into more wealth as it is used to help meet the needs of others.

We also learned how the storehouse principle is used during the preparation for the famine.  Joseph used wisdom and the ability to see afar, otherwise known as discernment to vision the future.  He prepared in an abundance for this period to follow.  ALSO, during this 7 year period, Joseph was able to use what he saved to not only help others in need, but to buy up all of Egypt for Pharaoh and collect all of the wealth in Egypt.  People even sold themselves as slaves to Pharaoh.  The only thing Pharaoh did not acquire were the money, land, livestock, etc that belonged to the priests.  But wait, these slaves not only worked for Pharaoh, but gave back to him 1/5 of all their increase.  Increase, I think, here as it is used means 1/5 of their increase in wages per year, like a tax.

God may have us build wealth more aggressively as it is stated in Ecclesiastes 3 1-3, 6 NJKV

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven. …A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted. …A time to break down, and a time to build up. …A time to gain, and a time to lose. …A time to keep, and a time to throw away.

As Jesus said, "He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust…" "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock."

This basically tells me that both believers and unbelievers will have the same cycle of life as I mentioned earlier.  We all will experience hardship and we will all experience times of sorrow, time of prosperity and times of joy.  The difference between the believer and the unbeliever is that our foundation is solid. Solid as a rock because we who believe are founded on His truth, His word, and we have been purchased.  The cost was Jesus Christ’s blood on the cross.

The story of the 10 virgins (Matt 25: 1-13) was used as an example for us to be like the prudent, who were prepared.  Christ will return and we must not be like the foolish who were unprepared.  


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