Genesis 41: 47 – 49, 53 & 54
In the seven abundant years the earth produced handfuls [for each seed planted]. And Joseph gathered all the [surplus] food of the seven [good] years in the land of Egypt and stored [enormous quantities of] the food in the cities. He stored away in every city the food [collected] from its own surrounding fields. Thus Joseph gathered and stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting it, for it could not be measured. When the seven years of plenty came to an end in the land of Egypt, the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said [they would]; the famine was in all the [surrounding] lands, but in the land of Egypt there was bread (food).
The Pharaoh of Egypt had had a troubling dream, and none of his magicians or astrologers could interpret it. He knew there was a message in that dream for him, but he and his people were incapable of deciphering the message until Joseph came on the scene.
There was going to be seven years of plenty (seven years in which the earth would produce abundantly more than what it used to) and then seven years of famine would begin, Joseph explained to them. They now knew what the future held, but it was not enough. They needed a strategy to survive. They would have to learn to value their resources. They had to see the seed of their survival in the plenty of the first seven years. In the harvest of the first seven years, was the harvest of the next seven years and the seed to commence sowing during/after the famine ended.
Our Father always provides what we need to work. However, it is one thing to be able to identify these resources and a different thing to value these resources. Both are required and necessary if we are to be effective at our work/assignment. We must understand like a farmer does, that in a seed lies a great harvest. We must also know how to nurture this seed to bring about the harvest.
For every assignment, there are resources to work it. These resources could be in the form of personnel, money, time, raw materials, etc. Our Father always provides what we need to work. However, it is one thing to be able to identify these resources and a different thing to value these resources. Both are required and necessary if we are to be effective at our work/assignment. We must understand like a farmer does, that in a seed lies a great harvest. We must also know how to nurture this seed to bring about the harvest.
Often, our Father gives us our resources in seed-form (at a glance, it seems insufficient for the job) and we are to work on that seed and with that seed. If a farmer were to despise a seed because of its size and refuses to sow, he would be in want during the harvest season; although he had all he needed in that seed. Even so, we much understand that no matter how little a resource may seem, in it is the prospect of more resources. We must value it, nurture it, grow it, and multiply it (where feasible).
2 Corinthians 9: 10 Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love].
Ephesians 3: 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us