When [Joseph’s] brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. Genesis 37:4
Listen: Genesis 37
Joseph is sent to tend sheep with his much older brothers when he is seventeen. The result is not good and widens the gap between the older sons and Jacob. Like any teenager feeling the power of being dad’s favorite, Joseph tattles on them by giving their father a bad report. Making matters worse and adding insult to injury, Jacob gives Joseph a beautiful, extravagant coat.
It’s obvious where Jacob’s sentiments lie. All of his sons are working hard, but only Joseph (the tattletale) gets a beautiful coat. Where are their coats? Why Joseph and not them? They have endured Jacob’s rejection and now must put up with their spoiled brother. This is not what they deserve, and they are ready to take it out on Joseph.
This story may sound very familiar. Many of us have had to stand by and watch someone else receive what we deserve and long for. You have worked hard but didn’t get the promotion. You graduated with honors and still don’t have a job. You are still not married but all your friends are.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
It could be that you have allowed envy to become part of your life and are taking out the pain of what you don’t have on those around you. Have a conversation with God and confess your disappointment, hurt and anger. Ask him to forgive you and help you to be forgiving and patient.
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