"He is like a tree planted near running water..." Psalm 1:3
Who is like a tree planted near running water, whose leaves never fade, who bears fruit in due season, and what's more, he prospers in whatever he does? They that hope in the Lord, they that delight in reading God's Word and obeying Him!
I am attending a workshop about how to do business by following instructions from the Bible. We've been reading about Joseph in Genesis, about how from being kidnapped and imprisoned, he became the second most powerful man in Egypt. From when very young, Joseph sought to do good. Wherever he was, when he was a slave, when he was imprisoned, God would take care of him. In Gen. 39, it said that even Joseph's master, Potiphar, recognized that the Lord was with Joseph and blessed him greatly. When Joseph was thrown in jail, he eventually was put in charge of the jail, and everything ran smoothly.
After some time Joseph was called out of jail because Pharaoh wanted him to interpret his dreams. Pharaoh found out that Joseph was the only one who could tell him that after 7 years of prosperity in his country, there would be 7 years of famine. He put Joseph in charge of taking care that Egypt would survive the famine. Joseph had to find a way to increase production of food, and store it so that at the end of the 7 years of plenty, there would be food for the next 7 years. Fact or fiction?
There are many who believe that Imhotep, the vizier of the 3rd dynasty pharaoh Djoser, is in fact Joseph. Imhotep designed the first pyramid in Saqqara. What if he designed this step pyramid to store food? More research and debates are going on about this. But I think it is fascinating that a relatively unknown boy rose to power in Egypt and was able to help a whole nation, the Israelites, survive.
Lord, may I continue to read Your word, and obey You, in my life, in business, relationships, in whatever I do. I want to be like a tree planted near running water, always getting my food from You, always fruitful until my old age!