Beyond the Weekend

January 21 | The Famine

January 21, 2020


Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. Genesis 12:10

Read: Genesis 12:10

Listen: Genesis 12


Abram obeys God’s call to leave the security of his homeland and lands in a famine. Abram may have never experienced lack before. He’d spent his lifetime in the lush, well-watered Fertile Crescent. Now he makes a logical move from Canaan to the well-irrigated land of Egypt. Abram is still learning and growing in his life with God when his trust is tested. Unfortunately, he returns to his default modes of self-reliance and deceit to meet his needs rather than calling out to God.

Famine forces us to face the fear of “what if we don’t have what we need?” We may face a drought in our finances or marriage, kids who shut us out, health crisis, friends who walk away or business opportunity that doesn’t work out. These seasons can build our character. They can also reveal what’s hiding deep within.

Even in famine, we can follow God. We can choose to trust the limitless supplies of our Savior Jesus Christ rather than relying on our own resources. We can cry out to him for help and ask for forgiveness when we realize we’ve forged our own path or simply forgotten to turn to him.


Spend time thanking God that we don’t have to face famines on our own. Listen to this worship song, “In Christ Alone.” Praise God with the words that “In Christ alone, my hope is found. He is my light, my strength, my song.” Christ is the “cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.”

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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