|a severe shortage of food, as through crop failure or overpopulation
|acute shortage of anything
"God was behind it. God sent me here ahead of you to save lives. There has been a famine in the land now for two years; the famine will continue" (45:5)
Why? Probably the most asked question of God. During times that things don't make sense, when your heart is breaking over a situation you know He could have prevented, when the cards of life are stacked against you.
Going all the way back to the Garden of Eden - wondering why He created a tree that had a beautiful fruit, that couldn't be eaten from.
Throughout the years, so many things don't make sense, don't seem to be of love, that even at times - He isn't in control.
And we begin to ask, "Why?".
One of the facts about not knowing all the "why's" is that we are not on His level. Bottom line is - We. are. not. God. Only He can see the whole paradigm. Know all the in's and out's of a situation. And only He is in complete control.
It comes out when Joseph encounters his brothers, he couldn't hold his emotions in any longer. The accounts of his weeping show us how much he missed his family, his home he grew up in. The names of his sons are proof of this. Their names are also proof that he accepted where God had placed him. God blessed His faith by allowing him to see the "why".
One of the many things I love about Joseph is his acceptance of God's "why's". He looked upon his life as a mission from God - to go ahead of them, to save them from the famine. He wasn't caught up in the wallowing of self-pity. He was looking at the ways to serve - no matter the situation God had him in.
Or am I more caught up in the "why's"? Am I in the middle of my self-pity party? In some cases - yes. Not as often as I used to be - thankfully He has grown me. satan knows that next to God, I hold nothing more dear to me than my family. I am so blessed that God has enabled me to see satan working and I no longer take things personal that happen. God is helping me through this by allowing me to see the "golden nuggets" that are falling down upon me, to see that it is a blessing and honor our family is being attacked. If it were not, then I should be very worried.
What He is enabling me to do is open my eyes to the famine.