What good is our money, if other countries refuse to sell us their products?
On Friday, we explored Joseph’s adventure found in Genesis 37 through 50. Specifically, I noted chapter 43, where Joseph’s brothers arrive in Egypt, looking to buy food. If you missed Friday’s post, I’d suggest clicking the following link and giving it a read prior to checking out today’s post: Why We Should Read Through Joseph’s Adventure
Anyone who has read the account found in Genesis 43, has understood that Joseph’s brothers were in need of food. However, what is not often noted is that they were not in need of money. They did not come to ask for hand-out; they came “to buy food“.
For a moment, let’s consider this concept within our current situation Western world. I see that Western society is increasingly more and more depended on buying products and/or services rather than maintaining our own economic welfare. In our grocery stores, we see the majority of our food products imported from a wide array of countries.
I understand that this is not the major lesson from Joseph’s story, but I am left pondering: “What good is money, if there’s nothing to buy? What good is money, if the surrounding countries won’t sell us their products?“
Can you imagine if one day China just stopped selling everything to us? Without notice, one day all commodity shipments from China don’t arrive due to some government stop. What would happen then? Our high dependency on foreign products quite possibly could be our downfall.
I don’t pretend to have a solution. However, when famine hit Israel and all they had was money; Egypt selling their commodities was the only option for survival. Perhaps, it’s a long shot. On the other hand, perhaps we’re just a couple natural disasters off of this happening in North America? Let’s hope someone sells to us!
How would we survive without China?
*Original content taken from QuietMorningsWithHim.com post by Jeremy Norton: We Can’t Eat Money When the Food Runs Out – March 31st, 2010