February 23, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 37:18-36

Jealousy Causes Division

I’m not the best.  I don’t have it all together.  I don’t know the right way of doing things.  I won’t always have the most ________  or the best ________.  These things are true of all of us, which also means there will always be someone else who is better, has more, or is in a better situation than we are.   

This is where jealousy comes in.  Jealousy is driven by a discontentment with whom God made us to be.  It’s driven by dissatisfaction with how God has decided to orchestrate our lives in comparison with how He has decided to orchestrate other’s lives.  

Jealousy says, “I want what you have, because what you have is better.”   But the truth about jealousy is, it is usually driven by a desire for our own glory…. not a desire for God’s.

Today’s “Walk-a-way”:

In our passage, today, Joseph’s brothers do harm to him, and to their father, because of the jealousy they have in their hearts.  They plot, they deceive, they physically harm, they lie, they seek their own gain, and they oppose God’s anointed servant, all because they were jealous.

Sometimes, as Christians, we forfeit unity, the mission of God, and God’s glory all because we are jealous or envious of another.  Instead we need to realize that God has set before all of us a race that we are to run faithfully.  All of our races will look different, and that’s ok.  Yet we are all called to finish faithfully.  We are to look to God for value, recognition, and significance.  And we should rejoice when others are faithful to the race that God has set before them.

Here are some questions to ponder today:

  • Is there someone in your life whom you’ve had a hard time cheering on?  
  • Why is that?  
  • What practical steps can you take to care more about God’s glory and the good of others, rather than your own advantage?  

By: Sam Cirrincione

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

5 thoughts on “February 23, 2016”

  1. “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”

    Great word today Sam! It’s astounding the lengths that we’ll go to in order to satisfy our discontentment with life. I’m certainly guilty of allowing my world to become that small at times, totally forgetting the big-picture perspective that comes from remembering that the Lord’s plan is working itself out.

    I wonder if Joseph’s brothers had any idea that they were destined to become the 12 tribes of Israel?

  2. Oh the questions:  what had Joseph been like in these moments of the chapter? Was he still a proud heart? Did he simply sit in disbelief?  The longer I sit in the pit, surely they would lessen the verdict and we could all go home?  God can raise up friends for his people, even from among their enemies; for He has all hearts in his hands, yes? But even Reuben would join the final cover up.

    Men that rage at God’s counsels are aiming to defeat them; but they imagine a vain thing.

    “Though he was the Son of his Father, and hated by a wicked world, the Father sent Him out to visit us in great humility and love. He came from heaven to earth, to seek and save us; yet then malicious plots were laid against Him. He came to his own, and his own did not receive Him, but they conspired against Him: “This is the heir, come let us kill him; Crucify him, crucify him.” – Matthew Henry

    “Why are the nations in an uproar
    And the peoples devising a vain thing?
    The kings of the earth take their stand
    And the rulers take counsel together
    Against the Lord and against His Anointed,”
    – Ps. 2:1-2

  3. I wonder where the sons of Jacob/Israel learned all of this deceiving, lying, conniving, etc.? As the old saying goes, “the apples didn’t fall far from the tree.”

    I am so grateful for our God, who works through all the messes of man to orchestrate His plan. Glory to God!

  4. This is even more prevalent in our society today with social media and with new and better “things” coming out on a daily basis i.e. phones, car, etc. I am definitely no exception. I am just so thankful that you have put this on Jumpstart for us to read and cause us to sit back and ponder on as we strive to be closer and more connected with our precious God and his word. Thanks, Sam. Have a great day!

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