Why Are You Standing There?

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 42 and 43.
What do we accomplish by standing around when something needs to be done? Jacob asked his sons a similar question. A famine hit the area, but Jacob heard of where they could go to get food. The sons of Jacob surely knew the same. Moses wrote, “When Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, ‘Why do you look at one another?'” (Genesis 42.1). Looking at one another had not accomplished anything. Yet, these grown men did not know what to do. Jacob continued, “Indeed I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down to that place and buy for us there, that we may live and not die” (v. 2). So, the ten brothers went to Egypt, but Jacob did not let Benjamin go (vv. 3-5).
Why do you look at others, expecting them to do something? You do it.

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