I have to admit that I have, on occasion, acted quite stupidly
Reference: “When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?”” Genesis 42:1 NIV
Explore: Someone recently told me the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I have to admit that I have, on occasion, acted quite stupidly in this way!
Change can be hard. Even when we want a different result we hope for some magical solution that means we get what we want without changing a thing!
I want to be able to eat all the chocolate I want, but not gain weight. I want all my washing to be perfect without spot cleaning or ironing.
I want to miss all the traffic, but still take the same route home. I want to have the best marriage, but do whatever I want.
The only way we can change a situation is to do things differently.
Application: It seems this is the same lesson Jacob had to teach his sons. They were living through a famine and needed resources, but didn’t do anything about it.
Their father finally chastised them and told them to go and buy grain in Egypt. His sons needed a push to change even when their life was in danger.
Sometimes we need a push too. It’s often easier for other people to see how we need to change than it is for us to see it ourselves.
That’s why it’s so important to have healthy, honest conversations with people we trust and who love us. They are the ones who can prompt us to make a significant difference in our lives and in our world.
Prayer: Lord, give us the courage to change the things that will move us forward. Amen.
What area of your life needs change?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.