In Genesis 37 the Word of God teaches us a valuable lesson in jealously and how a splinter can eventually cause a division within the family of God. Through the life of Joseph and his brothers we can learn the importance of timing in when to share something has been given by God and a lesson on how favortism can lead to unproductive areas of life.
As Joseph was growing up, his father Jacob gave him more attention than his brothers due to the spirit of God that connected the two. This connection that was not understood within the family eventually developed into an evil plot to work against Joseph rather than recognizing how to properly serve within the body of Christ.
The Holy Spirit, which is our teacher, can open our eyes within Genesis 37 to see many different lessons that can help us today. Think about the wisdom of timing and how others might react before you share something that they might not understand. How about the lesson of favoritism that can take place in our homes, in our work and unfortunately even in the church? What is it the Lord teaches us about the dangers of showing partiality or giving favoritism in the Word of God?
Can you see how a child can be hurt if they miss the love of God within the family while witnessing it being shown to others? Can you see how a faithful employee can become bitter when they are neglected within their jobs? Have you ever wondered how many children that have a gift from God like Joseph have given up simply due to the way they were treated in this dark world?
I am here to tell you this morning that if you call yourself a true Christian then God expects His unconditional love within the family and with the enemy. From my heart to yours as one that was once cast out don’t allow Satan to spiritually cause you to lose your balance and forget the line of Christ that we are to follow. If you talk the talk then God expects us to walk the walk!!!
James A. Harrison
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