Bible Verse Of The Day ~ Friday, February 24, 2012
Genesis 37:23-24 (NIV)
“So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.”
As we read through this story in Genesis, we find that Joseph tends to have favor with his father Jacob. As in any family, it is difficult when there are members who feel inferior to other members of the family. In fact, this is true with any social or professional group as well.
It is true that there needs to be leaders and followers to accomplish a goal in most cases. However, when somebody receives favor from a person in power it can be very difficult for the other members of the group. This is especially true if the person receiving favor flaunts it and demonstrates pride.
In this case, Joseph took great pride in showing his brothers that he was the favorite in the family. His brothers had reason to feel upset and jealous, although we are called by God not to feel this way. Even so, Joseph had a lesson to learn in this case. His brothers were determined to eliminate the prideful favorite. Although Joseph was saved, it took many years of humility, reflection, and correction to get on the path God intended for him. It took just as many years to make amends with his family.
During this Easter season, it is a good time to reflect on the decisions we have made, and make course corrections as we are lead to by God. We do not have to live in pride in the areas where we excel. We all have gifts, and it is not possible to make a true difference in this world without working in conjunction with one another and using the gifts together, as a whole. Let’s give thanks for the gifts we have been given and ask for guidance and direction during this time. Let God direct you onto the path you have been designed for.