Genesis 42:1 – Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?
I’d like to take a little time to unpack this verse of scripture. The context: the world is locked down in famine. Egypt is the only place to get provision at this time. Jacob is living in the midst of these circumstances and still he manages to catch a vision.
1. God’s plan is greater than present conditions. Our circumstance will never catch God off guard. Before the famine ever showed it’s barren head, God had positioned Joseph in Egypt. Joseph deciphered Pharaoh’s dream, decided on a game plan, and executed with excellence. God’s plan will always be greater than your problem. That doesn’t mean that the plan will be readily apparent. It may take some time for you to see it.
2. Examine the evidence. Jacob had not been to Egypt. So where did he get a vision of corn? It had to have come by what he heard, and the evidence produced by others. These all can create vision. Make sure you are in community with people who speak faith. Their word of experience can broaden the scope of your vision. What has God whispered into your ear lately? What evidence have you found that a miracle is in the delivery room? Guard your eyes and ears. Make sure they are hearing reasons why you can: not 25 reasons why we can’t have revival.
3. Quit looking at each other and look to the answer. Famine causes us to look at each other too closely. Your brother isn’t the problem. The famine is the problem. Ever since the Garden of Eden, we humans tend to blame each other for family failures. Your staff isn’t the problem, you are stuck: that’s the problem.
4. Let the visionary speak. Jacob saw and spoke. Every great vision from God will subsequently have a call to action. Our great vision of corn in Egypt isn’t worth much if we never mobilize the team and go there. Great vision will birth the go in the Gospel.
5. Ask the hard questions. Jacob wanted to know why the boys were looking at each other. Why are we doing what we are doing? Is how we are doing church even effective? Why are we singing the songs we are singing? Is our communication relevant and on target? These are questions that must be asked if we are ever going to step into the next phase of God’s process. Introspection is very illuminating. Should we kill sacred cows? Is the program we’ve done for years just a drain on our resources? If we never question our present we may never feel challenged to step into our future.
6. Now. What an important word. The whole verse hangs on this word. Now. What are you doing now? The past doesn’t matter. Now, matters. The vision that brings victory is contingent upon you maximizing your present potential. Do it now.