Joseph’s biggest problem in Genesis 37 really isn’t that he has jealous brothers…
No, Joseph’s biggest problem is that he’s a braggart.
Let’s take a closer look:
Joseph’s story starts out by telling us a little bit about him:
“The story continues with Joseph, seventeen years old at the time, helping out his brothers in herding the flocks. These were his half brothers actually, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. And Joseph brought his father bad reports on them.”
A 17-year old tattle-tale? Already we can’t stand him.
Have you ever doubted that God cares?
I definitely have. It’s like you know He’s there, and He’s all-powerful, you just doubt He’s as concerned about what you’re going through as you are.
The break up.
The loss of a family member or a friend.
An unemployment situation.
An empty bank account.
We know He’s all-knowing, but somehow He seems ridiculously absent and uncaring in those situations.
Dear (Insert Your Name Here),
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be blessed. I think it’s a word we like the sound of and a concept/state of being we all want for ourselves as Christians – and on some level even as human beings in general – but I don’t quite think we understand what it means TO be truly blessed.
Somehow, we have made the mistake (I believe) of attaching ‘blessed’ to material gain and social standing as Christians. We hashtag #blessed on our Instagram photos posing by our new cars, or use the word when we tell others about the rare opportunities we get.
If you grew up going to Sunday School, you probably spent several Sundays learning about Noah and his ark, and all the cute animals that he gathered into it when the rains came to wash over the earth.
There is always something special about the New Year. It signifies a clean slate – a chance to start over, to try again, to do things a little bit differently than before. While the unknown typically tends to be scary territory, there is just something about a new year that brings hope instead of a sense of foreboding.
And I’m all here for it.
You will hear a lot of people say, ‘Here we go again with the new year resolutions!’ as they roll their eyes with disdain. Please feel free to ignore them ( and if you are one of such people, I still love you all the same).
Hello! First, I am so excited to have found your blog – it is a breath of fresh air in my life I am having major issues in my walk with God. I’ve begun to question him and everything surrounding Christianity and I do not want to. I find myself resenting the thought of giving thanks and praise to God, because my mind keeps saying ‘he is wicked; he watches innocent people be killed and die every day, he is going to let some of his children who did not even have the opportunity to know him go to hell, how could this be a loving God worthy of praise?’ That sort of thing. I dislike this a lot and it is seriously tormenting me.
Hi. First of all,let me just say that I am glad I was told about this blog. It has helped me accept certain things I struggled to accept when I started taking my relationship with Christ seriously. Now to why my title is ‘questions’ . I know you don’t have all the answers and I probably should be asking God but I feel like He doesn’t hear me when I talk to him albeit I don’t always do the talking. I try but whenever I decide to seriously take time off and pray something comes up to distract me and I’m left rushing through a prayer and going on with my day. Either that or I start sleeping.