Sunday, May 6, 2012

May 6: Genesis 37

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 37. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In this chapter, we start reading about a guy named Joseph. Joseph was loved by his father but hated by his brothers because of the attention his father gave him.
  • To make matters worse, Joseph kept having dreams that his family was bowing down before him. And he was dumb enough to keep telling his brothers (who hated him) about these dreams.
  • Eventually, tired of putting up with Joseph, his brothers sell Joseph into slavery... but tell their father he was killed by wild animals.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Every family has dysfunction, and our upbringing plays a major role in who we are today. We need to make sure God's influence is greater than than the tendencies or habits we absorbed from our parent, sibling, or family friend.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Ask a trusted friend to identify an area of your life that you could improve on; there's a good chance it is related to your upbringing. Ask God to guide you, and ask your friend to hold you accountable.