Genesis 41:4 Save Up the Positive

Genesis 41:4 (KJV)
And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.

I am willing to accept that my thoughts on this passage today are not the primary lesson. Some might even think it is no lesson at all, but it occurred to me that the stronger, fatter, healthier was no match for the leaner, sicker. This was born out both in the cattle and in the ears of corn.

Health does not promise success in earthly competition. To the contrary, that which is of poorest health has the greatest motivation to succeed. Those people, who are ill favored and sickly, tend to use every means to gain what they need. They will lie, cheat, steal, use every unethical and wrong tool at their disposal so that they succeed. 

The well-trained fighter might get clobbered on the street because the guy on the street has no rules to restrict him. He’ll do anything to win. So too, the one who is ill favored and sickly will do anything to gain what they need. What have they to lose? They have no moral code to prevent them. 

Negative people often overshadow positive, helpful people because the negative ones have no boundaries by which they live. Complainers don’t mind being louder than the encouragers. Angry people behave unruly. Civil people do not. Consequently, it is very likely that the sickly, weak, negative, ill-favored will devour and destroy whatever good the well favored accomplish. 

Unless this principle is recognized and provisions are made to prevent it. 

Joseph didn’t lie or cheat during the years of plenty. He only saved up some of it for the years of trouble. If we will but “save up” the positive, the kind, the good. If we will encourage the encouragers, recognize the kind, lift up the good hearted. If we will do these things, we can build a store of good that sustains is through the storms of negativity. 

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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