Who's to Blame?
Posted: Thursday, January 18
Verse of the Day:
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. (Genesis 37:4 NLT)
Let’s say you are one of eleven employees at a small company. You and your ten co-workers have been with the company for a long time. The eleven of you work hard, you respect the owner of the company and there’s been success.
Then, a twelfth employee is added with much less experience.
You notice that the owner of the company really likes the new guy. He is permitted to work fewer hours. He gets a bigger office. Then, you find out that the less-experienced employee is earning more money, has more paid vacation time, and even received an expensive suit as a gift from the owner. Further agitating the situation, the newest colleague reports your short-comings and mistakes to the owner.
Would you be jealous? Most of us would be. Maybe you’ve even experienced a scenario like this.
Who would you direct your anger toward, the owner or new employee?
This made-up story parallels the true account of Joseph and his brothers in Genesis 37. Jacob favored Joseph over his eleven other sons.
“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” (Gen. 37:4 NLT).
It is interesting that the brothers did not aim their harsh feelings at their father, the one who is responsible for the favoritism.
The brothers thought the situation would be remedied by getting rid of Joseph. Yet, the hatred would only lead to grieving, heartache, and years of family separation.
We see that jealousy leads to hatred which leads to separation. Let me encourage you to root out jealousy before it separates you from people who matter most.
If you are currently separated from someone who is important, remember that Joseph, his brothers and their father ultimately reconciled. We have the opportunity pursue God for the healing and restoration of divided relationships.