Prayer Focus: Africa

Bible Reading: Genesis 34-37

Scripture

Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them. 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 a richly ornamented 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. (Genesis 37:2b-4)

Observation

Joseph is one of the few characters in the Bible without significant character flaws, at least according to what we have in the Scriptures. His family tree was certainly colorful, to say the least. The sibling rivalry, favoritism, lying, and unhealthy marriages in his genogram are somewhat referenced in the opening verses of Genesis 37. He outs his half-brothers, received a special robe, and is clearly the favorite of his father. These verses remind us how damaging favoritism can be, regardless of the situation.

Application

I want to be careful to never show favoritism, especially amongst my three children. Each is unique, special, and equally loved by Jesus!

Prayer

LORD, give me wisdom to lead and love my children. Give me Your Father’s love which offers unconditional love, something so radically different from natural human love. Thank You for not showing favoritism. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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