by Pastor Larry Stockstill
Joseph instructed his brothers to let their father know that he could totally disregard his own possessions and move to Egypt. It was ridiculous to worry about some old, beat-up tents and provisions when Joseph was ruler of Egypt. Huge cartloads of provision and clothing followed the brothers as they returned to Israel. There was no more need for stinginess or financial worry. Their brother Joseph was providing for all their needs from the wealth of Egypt.
So often we cling to our few, tiny resources when in reality the wealth of heaven belongs to us. One little boy was willing to give up his five pieces of bread and two fish to the Master. His obedience was not a sacrifice, for the Lord not only gave him back his lunch, but He also provided twelve baskets of leftovers to take home (Matthew 14:20)! Those small objects given in obedience were the key that unlocked the wheat fields and oceans of Israel.
Provision is normal when you realize that you have a "relative" who occupies a very important position in the universe. Your brother Jesus-not Pharaoh-sits at the right hand of God! How much more should you be confident about giving up your meager belongings on earth?