When business is booming, it’s tempting to pour your profits back into the business for the sake of expansion. There is a tension, however, in also keeping an eye towards the future.
In Genesis 41, Joseph not only translated Pharaoh’s dream, predicting seven years of prosperity to be followed by seven years of famine, he also wisely told the king how to best respond to this dream.
In Genesis 41:34 Joseph told Pharaoh, “Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.”
Joseph wisely saved a portion of Egypt’s prosperity to prepare for the coming famine. Our economic expansion is likely peaking, but now’s a good time to earmark some of your profits for the future.