Taking Sibling Rivalry to New Heights

Wendy Blight

Day: 37 | Plan: Genesis

Today's Reading: Genesis 37

Genesis 37:3-4 (NIV) "Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him."

Chapter 37 opens with Jacob gifting his son, Joseph, a coat. But not just an ordinary coat. A beautiful multi-colored coat similar to that worn by kings. Why Joseph and not another son? Because Jacob's favorite wife, Rachel, gave birth to him after years of barrenness. Jacob saw Joseph as a blessing, gifted with the unique ability to interpret dreams and chosen by God to accomplish great things.

This coat became a symbol of Jacob's favoritism and fed the already deep-seated resentment Joseph's older brothers harbored against him. Joseph fueled this fire by foolishly sharing his dreams which prophesied he would one day rule over his brothers.

Their jealousy and resentment morphed into rage. They conspired to kill him, stripped him of his beautiful coat and threw him into a pit. But before they killed Joseph, some slave traders came by. So his brothers pulled him out of the pit and sold him into slavery.

We can only imagine the anger and anguish Joseph felt. But God had His hand upon Joseph. God never took His watchful eye off him. 

The slave traders sold him to an officer in the Pharaoh's army. While there, Joseph grew in favor, stature and wealth. God used Joseph's brothers' jealousy and wickedness to get Joseph to where He needed him—Egypt. Though he suffered many trials, God raised Joseph to a position of authority to fulfill those early God-given dreams he would one day be in a position of great authority.

Sometimes God allows us to walk through difficult circumstances to accomplish His greater plans for our lives and His Kingdom purposes. 

Prayer: Father, I don't understand what You are doing right now. It seems to make no sense. But Joseph's story shows me You are sovereign. And You have not forgotten me. You have a plan much greater than I can see. For now I see in a mirror dimly, but one day I will see You face-to-face. Help me trust You in the wait. In Jesus' name, amen.

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