During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured. Exodus 41:47-49
So, when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Exodus 41:56
A storehouse is a place, room or building for storing goods which are later sold, used or sent to smaller stores. It can also be defined as any repository or source of abundant supplies, as of facts or knowledge.
From the scripture reference, Joseph made preparations 7 years in advance. He gathered as much as he could until it could no longer be measured and when the famine occurred, he opened the doors to the storehouse so that food was made available. The needs of people, those far and near, were met as a result of the preparations he made.
Due to the pandemic, many people have lost their jobs, homes, family, businesses, relationships, etc. Prior to this predicament, perhaps we may not all have agreed on the importance of having a storehouse but today, we can all conclude that those who made a deposit into their respective storehouses are not struggling as much as those who were not able to.
This is not to say one shouldn’t enjoy life but some people choose to live in the moment; for these individuals, the main aim is to acquire enough money, goods, knowledge, etc to make their present life comfortable without making any necessary preparations for the future. Some go as far as spending everything they have because “tomorrow will take care of itself,” nevertheless is that a wise mind-set to have?
As Christians, it is our duty to provide for our families, support God’s work and help others; all these require us to have in order to be a blessing. You never know which unforeseen expenditure will come knocking at your door. At times, you need a lot of faith to help a friend through a situation, perhaps it could be standing in the gap and interceding for someone, it may be a business opportunity that requires creativity or a medical expense.
The truth is how can you be of help to yourself and those around you if your storehouse for those areas are empty? How do you intercede for family when you don’t pray yourself? How do you have enough faith to help someone when you’ve never bothered to build your relationship with God? How do you help a friend in financial need if you always misuse money?
We should be prepared as much as possible for ourselves and others to avoid being sapped into chaos, anxiety, temptations and so much more. Be it financial, spiritual, emotional, etc is your storehouse in the position to be a blessing in times of need when its doors are opened?
The Word of God encourages us to plan ahead in order to be more effective (Proverbs 6:6-8); it is not wrong to do this however the danger is when we allow it to give a false sense of security causing us not to be dependent on God. Making preparations should not be out of fear of the unknown or the future because it will show our lack of trust in God’s ability to provide.
Do you have a prayer, skills, knowledge… storehouse? Depositing into your storehouse can be a representation of many things; it can be money that you need to save up, knowledge that you must gain, skills that need developing, prayer life that needs improvement or perhaps relationships that you need to establish. The list is endless however it is wise to assess yourself and ask God to help you identify areas where you are in deficit; then ask Him to help you make deposits into that area.
It’s never too late to start and no matter how little, start stocking up your storehouse and with time, there will be improvement. Just like Joseph, there will be an immeasurable abundance and this will position you to be a blessing to the people around you in times of need and scarcity.
A journey of a thousand miles will forever begin with one step.