Moving? Don’t Cling to Your Stuff!


Genesis 45:20 (KJV): “Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is your’s.”

COMMENTARY: In this passage, Pharoah commanded Joseph to move his family to Egypt without worrying about packing all of their “stuff” with them. Pharoah promised to provide for their needs.

APPLICATION: Perhaps your community is going through an economic famine. Perhaps your employer is transferring you to a new location. Perhaps you were laid off, and you’re preparing to take a new position that will require you to relocate your family.

Transplanting yourself and your family to a new location is emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually and perhaps financially difficult. Even if you’re single, moving can be very challenging. 

Every time you move, you must take an inventory of your “stuff” and make decisions about what to keep, sell, give away and discard. If you are going through a move, be of good cheer. God WILL take care of you, wherever you go. Don’t cling to your “stuff” for security. This move is a God-given opportunity to get rid of clutter, get back to basics, and trust in God for your future.

Remember what 1 Timothy 6:6-8 says: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” May the Lord give you peace, wisdom and enthusiasm as you move and begin a new chapter in life’s journey.

Joyfully yours,


For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Genesis 45:20 (KJV),read Jacob’s Family’s Move to Egypt (Genesis 45:16-47:12) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.