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Our Faithful God Provides

Editorial by Dave VandeVere

I love the story of Joseph as he journeys from spoiled brat to prime minister of Egypt after interpreting Pharaoh’s perplexing dream of fat cows/plump grain compared to scrawny cows/thin grain.

The interpretation? He, God, will provide seven years of abundant harvest prior to a seven-year period of famine! Pharaoh believes God’s message and Joseph administers the years of plenty. God is proven faithful.

Accountants are particularly drawn to these next verses in Genesis, “As predicted, for seven years the land produced bumper crops. … [Joseph] piled up huge amounts of grain like sand on the seashore. Finally, he stopped keeping records because there was too much to measure” (Gen. 41:47–49, NLT).

We live in financially troubled times due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. However, God has proven faithful, just as he was to Joseph and Pharaoh.

God continues to fulfill His promise: “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse. … If you do … I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant” (Mal. 3:10–11, NLT).

For the past five years, Potomac Conference members have brought their tithe to the “storehouse.” Each year operating gains have been recorded. Thus, we have entered this unprecedented crisis with financial working capital reserves well in excess of the 100 percent recommended amounts.

In this time of uncertainty, I want to thank you for your active belief in God’s faithfulness. As a conference family, may we look forward with confidence!

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