Genesis 42:1

Posted on January 12, 2010


Genesis 42:1

When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons,

"Why do you just keep looking at each other?" 

I may have just found my favorite passage in the Bible.

Or at lest my favorite passage in the first 42 chapters and 1 verse of the Bible.

To reset the scene, Jacob's favorite son, Joseph is the Pharaoh's's right hand guy, interpreter of dreams, manager of the empire, keeper of the food. And just as he explained would happen to Pharaoh, there is a severe famine all around. Yet because of good planning and foresight, Egypt has become the storehouse for the region.

Jacob and his other sons were living in the land of Canaan, and like all the others there were starving.

I can imagine a scene where the 10 brothers are sitting around fussing about their situation. "Oh I'm hungry…anyone got a rock to chew on…this is not fair…let's put together a committee to solve the food situation…why isn't anyone doing something about this…blah, blah, blah…"

At which point Jacob walks in, looks around at his boys, strokes his beard, shakes his head, taps his foot to get their attention and says, "why do you just keep looking at each other?"

As in "what is your problem, this thing is not going to solve itself by just sitting here and whining. You know where the food is, so get off your butts and go get some food."

This is a great challenge for me.

No need to worry about things or fuss about the situation at hand or how unfair it is(or might seem) just stop sitting there "looking at each other" and do something.


Action trumps inaction every time.

I have always told my girls that God does not require us to be perfect in everything (anything) we do, he just wants us to SHOW UP.Seems like we always are looking for what might be instead of acting on what is

God does not want the "what if" or the "maybe someday."

He wants the "follow me right now."

This is what Jacob told his sons. Stop looking, stop wondering, stop worrying, stop looking at each other and do something.

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