Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Genesis 47:27-28 (NIV)
Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number. Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven.
Genesis 47:27-28 (MSG)
And so Israel settled down in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property and flourished. They became a large company of people. Jacob lived in Egypt for seventeen years. In all, he lived 147 years.
“Now [the people of] Israel lived in the country of Egypt, in [the land of] Goshen, and they gained possessions and acquired property there and were fruitful and multiplied greatly. And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; so the length of Jacob’s life was a hundred and forty-seven years.” -AMPLIFIED
We find that Israel/Jacob and family have settled into their adopted homeland and they are doing quite well. These people that were basically nomads have finally settled down; at least for a time. They have acquired property; which some theologians take to mean that they learned to plant and gather. as the Egyptians did. (Even though there was a famine there was still the ability to grow certain food items.)
We also find that the family, even while Jacob was still alive, are being fruitful and multiplexing. Scripture says, they flourished and increased greatly! Imagine the pride that this patriarch felt as his family continued to grow, even though they were not exactly where they wished to be. God’s hand of blessing was upon them.
I want to impress on us the fact that though Jacob and family’s desire was to be in Canaan, which was their heritage and inheritance, yet they embraced their temporary home. It is important to make the most of where God has placed us. Too many people have wasted their time and energy mourning the fact that they are not where they feel they need to be to do their best for God. If God has placed you in Egypt, even for a short time, than it is important to do your best to bring glory to God in Egypt. If He places you in some back corner in the middle of no-where, than do your very best to be His light in that back corner in the middle of no-where.
I have seen many lives wasted because certain people felt that they were not in the ideal place that they needed to be to utilize their talents and abilities for God. For shame! God can use anyone anywhere; if He so chooses. He has in fact, placed you where you are for a purpose and a reason. Do not waste your life waiting for the perfect opportunity; instead, bloom where God has planted you!
Even Jacob in his old age “lived”; he did not just survive. We do not find him mourning Canaan, his God-given inheritance. We find him living. In fact, we find that once Jacob had a promise from Joseph, to return his body to the land that he loved, he was at peace.
Are you doing your very best for God in the place that He has put you? Paul reminded the Colossians of this truth; “Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.” -Colossians 3:23-24 (AMP)
Where ever you are, God is.; whether it is in small town USA, on the back side of the desert (Moses), in the belly of a whale (Jonah), in Nazareth (Jesus), or in a prison cell (Paul). God can use you for His glory. Bloom where you have been planted.
Lord, help me to have a right attitude, wherever I am. I do not want to be a grumbler of complainer; nor do I want to waste my life wishing I was somewhere else. Help me to redeem the time and make the most of every opportunity that you bring my way. I want to be glorifying to you. Help me to bloom wherever it is that you have planted me.