“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)

I’m not sure if they had silver spoons in the days of Jacob; but if they did, you’d better believe Joseph would have had one. He was born and raised in privilege - in a place where his father and grandfather had solidified roots. The 11th son of Jacob, almost the baby, he was the favorite.

When we are introduced to Joseph, he’s at the ripe age of 17. Oh, the days of being 17. You are knocking on the door of adulthood – yet having a foot firmly placed in being a child. Now while we aren’t told anything about the first 17 years, I think we can gather Joseph had it pretty good. I simply can’t imagine raising 12 anything, much less 12 boys. I picture endless games of tag, countless scrapes and bruises, and days that mom fell into bed thankful for a little peace. Jacob had older boys to run the day-to-day business, so he had time to dote on Joseph. Kids will melt down over equality of juice in a cup, so can you even imagine the jealousy over time and attention?

The feelings of jealousy took seed the day Joseph was brought into the world and continued to take root each passing day. Now hear me, I’m sure he wasn’t the only brother to have issues; but nothing drives hatred more than having a common enemy. 17 years of favoritism was bringing these feelings to a boil.

Isn’t that how jealousy works? Starts as a hurt feeling or a bit of envy, until it takes deep root in our hearts. We see jealousy begin as early as Genesis 4, and yet, somehow we still can’t quite figure out how to make it extinct. It infiltrates all parts of our world and still affects us.

“A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.” (Proverbs 14:30)

I pray that with Your help I would have a calm and undisturbed mind and heart. Please help me scrub away the thoughts of envy, jealousy, and wrath from my heart. I understand that these things will ruin my life and are like cancer to my bones. Father, please help me keep these negative emotions far from me. Fill me with Your peace so my body may be healthy. In Jesus’
Name, Amen.

By Carrie Peterson






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