Meditate on Genesis 37:5 “Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers they hated him all the more.”
Remember how Jacob had a favorite wife? He also deemed her son his favorite son. This chapter introduces us to Jacob’s beloved son, Joseph.
Poor fella, he’s just seventeen years old when his dad gives him the responsibility of keeping watch over his older brothers. As if that isn’t a big enough target on his head he also clothes him in an ornate coat.
Turns out Joseph was indeed a special child. He begins having dreams and in his immaturity, he flaunts the dreams of ruling over his brothers and his father to them. His family is livid and even his favoring father rebukes him for saying such things.
The final straw occurs when Jacob sends Joseph to check in on the older brothers while they are out shepherding. The envy must have burned within them when they saw him robed in the coat from him his father. They plotted a plan to kill Joseph and with the requests of Reuban and Judah, his life is spared and instead he is sold into slavery. Lying to cover their sins they report back to Jacob with a story that Joseph must have been devoured by some animal along the way.
In our lives when we chose pride and lord our gifting from God over others we fast track ourselves straight to destruction. The favor of the Lord and any blessings we receive from Him were never meant to be about our glory and power. So let us be reminded by Joseph’s immaturity that God does have great things in store for us, and he is equipping us with his favor, but it is all for His glory so that many will be saved.
Prayer: God thank you that you bless us so abundantly with good gifts from you. God forgive me when I make it about me when it was never intended to be that way. Help me to use my good gifts, favor and any authority you give me not to lord over people but to point them to you, Jesus. In your name, I pray. Amen.
This family is far from perfect, but how does God show that He is still at work in this chapter?
Joseph is seventeen and full of pride how do you think God will use hardship to shape Joseph for His good use?
Do you have any special giftings from the Lord and how are you using them to point others to God?
Memorize 2 Corinthians 9:11 “Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.”