THE IMPORTANCE OF STORAGE
Upon informing Pharoh of the impending problem in Egypt -- seven years of famine -- Joseph suggests a brilliant solution to the problem.
Upon informing Pharoh of the impending problem in Egypt -- seven years of famine -- Joseph suggests a brilliant solution to the problem. He tells the king to stock up warehouses of food during the seven years of plenty in order to ensure survival during the seven years of famine. Joseph's advice was not only pertinant to the situation in Egypt, but is also relevant to us today.
The concept of taking moments of "abundance" and storing them so that they can later be used during moments of "famine" can be applied to our daily lives. Oftentimes, we come upon moments of "famine" and our spiritual strength is weak. The way we utilized those moments of "abundance" will determine how successful we will be when we face those rough times.
Joseph told Pharoh to build a base from which they can rely upon during the years of famine. In a sense, it is this kind of foundation which is necessary for us to survive through bad times. If, during the years of plenty, we acquire the proper tools necessary to succeed in life, then we will have the opportunity of survival during the years of famine.
Benyamin Cohen, a native Atlantan and alumnus of Yeshiva Atlanta and Georgia State Univerisyt, is editor of Torah from Dixie.
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