June 30 Genesis 37:1-11
June 30 Genesis 37:1-11
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Oh, Heavenly Father, I write this prayer and I must confess that I, too, need your strength to rebuild some relationships, and at the same time, learn how to avoid these pitfalls in the future. I know that is what you want, for us to learn from past mistakes and not make the same ones over and over again. Oh, Father, I would love nothing more than to be able to remember the lessons You teach me as I go along, but I, like many of the saints in the Old Testament, seem to have the need to live through some of the many mistakes I make daily. Help me to recall the life lessons You teach me and ones that I have just seen others live through. Help me to not have to learn everything the hard way. Give me grace, mercy, and the right words to mend fences that need mending. Go before me and make the path straight and the people I need to speak to ready to hear. Help me always speak Your words and not my own. This is not something I can do alone, Father. I thank You for going before me. I thank You for loving my family and for Your strength, love, comfort, and grace that allows me the opportunity to love my family. Thank You that I can speak knowing You are directing my every word. Thank You for loving me when I am so unlovable.
In Jesus name.
This is a prime example of “telling everything you know, isn’t always wise.” Joseph told his family about his dream and although we know it will come true, that his brothers would someday bow down to him, they sure didn’t want to hear it from him and or even think about it since he was just a teenager at the time of the dream.
They were jealous of his relationship with his father and that his father loved him and his mother more than he loved them and their mothers. But even without that dynamic, family relationships are always being tested and put through the fire.
Think about some of your family relationships. Have you ever done or said anything that maybe should have been left alone? I know I sure have, but my mouth opened, and words fell out that I immediately regretted, but it was too late. Family is sometimes the quickest to forgive, but they are also the quickest to demand an apology or sometimes retribution. Family is difficult. Let’s face it, relationships in general are difficult, but we can seek God’s guidance to help us stay out of trouble, or mend fences once we find ourselves in a difficult situation with someone we care about. Pray today that God would guide you to mend some fences today.
30 Genesis 37:1-11
1 Jacob lived in the land of his father's sojournings, in the land of Canaan.2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father.3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors.4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.5 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more.6 He said to them, "Hear this dream that I have dreamed:7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf."8 His brothers said to him, "Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, "Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me."10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?"11 And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.