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Lesfeon for September 9 Lesson subjects and Scripture texts se lected and copyrighted by International Council of Religious Education: used by permission. A NATION GOD USED LESSON TEXT—Genesis 41:46-57. GOLDEN TEXT—He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever bo mindful of Ills covenant.—Psalm 111:9. Conservation of natural resources —that phrase has a modern touch to it, and yet we would do well to turn back to the story of Joseph in Egypt and learn anew the importance of not wasting what we have if we are to be fed in the days of shortage. Certain it is that we should face at once the shameful record of waste in the manufacture and sale of intoxicants. This is temperance Sunday, .Let us not fail to stress this truth. Joseph recognized the provision of God and made use of it for His glory and the good of the people. I. Food—God’s Provision. (w. 46- 49). As men work with God in the cul tivation of the land they are apt to begin to think of themselves as producers, when they are actually only the servants of the Lord in the orderly cure of that which He pro vides. We need to renew our sense of complete dependence upon God lest we become proud of our own sup posed attainments and forget Him. Then He will have to withhold His bountiful hand and we shall stand with empty measures. Remember, too, that what God has given to feed the nations cannot with impunity be used for the manu facture of intoxicating beverages which are designed and used for no good purpose—only for destruction. Let’s not forget that God could send us a famine, too! The manner in which Joseph cared for the gathering of the grain is worth noting. He did not sit in his royal office and send out an edict. He went throughout the land build ing storehouses, seeing that the grain was properly conserved. We need more of that personal touch in government. Too much of life is controlled by “directives” and “ruleu” with too little of the touch of human kindness and a personal knowledge of the needs of the peo ple. Observe also the wisdom of stor ing the food in the place where it was raised and where it would eventually be needed. No shipping and re-shipping, no undue centraliza tion, and no temptation to form a special “grain bureaucracy.” 11. Family—God’s Gift (vv. 50-52). From among the Gentiles, Joseph took himself a bride. While it is not indicated, we have reason to as sume that she was a believer in the true God. One cannot imagine a man of Joseph’s character and spir itual integrity marrying an unbe liever. The sons which came into the home were recognized as God’s gift. Note how God was counted into the life of these boys and of the home. We spoke above about the need of conserving grain. Think now of the infinitely more important con servation of boys and girls. The liquor interests have used this war to create a taste for beer on the part of millions of young men and women, both in the armed serv ices and in our war plants. They have broken down the objections and the religious principles of many and we are almost at the point where one who objects is regarded as a foolish fanatic. If America cannot with impunity use her grain to make booze, do you think God will hold us guiltless if we stand idly by and let the rapacious breweries and distilleries take our boys and girls? It is high time that we awakened to our re sponsibility and stood up for our con victions, come what may! 111. Famine God’s Opportunity (vv. 53-57). Now the time had come when God’s word to Joseph was proved to be true. When His loyal servant stood before the world as the one who was in touch with the infinite One, he had the food to give out because he had obeyed God’s com mand. It is in the crises of life that the things of God prove themselves. When man’s hand drops in weak ness and despair, God steps in and does the abundant thing; that is, if we are willing to recognize Him. There is another sense in which the coming of famine was God’s op portunity, for it gave Him the chance He wanted to speak to men. In the days of plenty and prosperity mankind is self-sufficient and too busy to listen to God, but when there is no food to eat, he has time to hear God, One wonders, with a wonder that is almost agonizing at times, wheth er America is going to force God to bring hunger of body to her children in order to make their hearts hun ger for Him. Will we wait to cry out to God until we have felt the sharp pangs of hunger, or will we by our obedience and gratitude of heart encourage Him to continue His abundance toward us? Reader, how do you feel in your own heart?