Luke 20:27-47; Genesis 37; Psalm 28
Some people are just not fun to be around. Joseph was one of them. Oh, sure, we all know the end of the story about Joseph saving his father and his brothers, but let’s face it: there’s a reason why his brothers sold him into slavery. He was a tattle-tale: “This is the history of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.” (Genesis 37:2) As we read along we see that he was daddy’s pet. He was a dreamer who bragged about his dreams so much that even his father who favored him rebuked him. It’s always a dangerous game to play “what-if” but I wonder how God might have worked if Joseph hadn’t destroyed all of his family relationships with his attitudes and actions. What if Joseph, instead of bringing back a bad report, helped his brothers deal with the issue that caused the bad report? What if Joseph, instead of making a big production about his dreams, had talked quietly with his father about them? God can work through any circumstances we may create but it would be better to stay in His will at all times. I could be wrong here, but I’m thinking that God had a better plan for Joseph than having him go through all that misery. If we develop our relationship with God and if we then develop our relationship with those around us we will find that when trouble comes, we’ll have more support to deal with the trouble. It won’t be the ones who should support us who sell us to the Ishmaelites.
God, remind me of Your presence and love today. Remind me to work at building better relationships with my family and friends and help me to be the man you’ve called me to be.