2015-07-09 - Fresh Perspective
Genesis 41:4 The ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows.
It's very easy for me to take things in a very literal, concrete fashion. I'm very mathematically, logically oriented in my thinking. So an alternate perspective is very helpful for me. The idea of comparing Pharaoh's dream to prayer would not have occurred to me. Let's take a look.
It's not the dream or the cows, but the famine that is in focus compared to days when prayer is missing. God's mercies are new every morning we are told. There is no reason for me to doubt this. But failing to gather those resources and spiritual food for the coming day is to my own detriment.
Consider when Israel wandered in the wilderness after escaping from Egypt. This is a much clearer picture when applied to prayer. They had to gather first thing in the morning for that days needs. They could not keep it for the next day because it would go bad and become filled with worms. Without it they would go very hungry and weak by the end of the day.
Look at the prayer Jesus used to teach His disciples to pray, commonly called The Lord's Prayer. (Matt 6:8-13) There is praise, prayer for others, and forgiveness toward others in addition to request for our being forgiven and for our daily needs.
Matt 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
We are physical and spiritual creatures and both parts of our being need nourishment. Pharaoh saw a picture of the famine that would besiege his nation. We should also see the hunger that starves our spiritual lives leaving us weak for the work we have to do for our Lord in the coming day.
Lord, help me be rested and prepared for the day in order to represent You in the best way possible. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.