It has become difficult in this culture of plenty to be satisfied with what we have. Often we focus on what we don’t have. We become obsessed by it, and by things in general, so much so that often we are going into debt to buy more things we don’t truly need.
Today the story of Joseph continues, and we have a remarkable story of the “haves”.
The gang of brothers return to Canaan today, explaining the intriguing events of their trip to Egypt. Jacob is upset by the news, “I am the one you have bereaved of children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin!”
Jacob is not amused by Reuben’s request to return to Egypt with Benjamin, the youngest.
If you remember Jacob was the one who as a boy stole his brother’s birthright. Things have always been topsy-turvy for Jacob. His name in Hebrew refers to “heel” hearkening back to his birth when he grabbed onto Esau’s heel in the womb to try to beat him out.
And yet, Jacob has been showered with God’s blessing. He had many children, many wives, and was “favorable in the eyes of his father” as well as God, whatever that means. Now, in Egypt he has a source of food. But he doesn’t see that. Woe is Jacob. But, he IS blessed.
It is easy for us in America to feel like Jacob. God has blessed us so richly, and yet it is easy to take that for granted, and become obsessed by what others have. It was not long ago, I was at a seminar where the speaker said: “The rich people in the room will know what I am talking about….” I began thinking to myself, “From the world’s perspective, especially the Third World’s perspective, EVERYONE in this room is rich.”
Focusing on blessing is not always easy.
I would encourage you to spend 5 minutes in prayer with God, thanking God for the all the things you DO have in your life. It is amazing what a little Prayer of Thanksgiving can do to help God reframe your day.