Memory Text: “You therefore, beloved, since you know this before-hand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” (2Pet 3:17-18, NKJV).
Most of our families go through a certain dysfunction that leads us to restlessness as in the case of Joseph in the Bible and His brothers. God can give us rest even in that aspects of our lives.
What are the many dysfunctions that occurred in the family of Joseph?
- The rivalry between Rachael’s sisters, their maids and Jacob
- Joseph’s brothers massacred all the males in the town of Shechem
- The oldest brother Rueben slept with Bilhah, Rachel’s maid, Jacob’s wife and mother of several of Jacob’s children
- Joseph’s brother, Judah mistook his daughter-in-law for a prostitute and slept with her, getting her pregnant with twins.
- Jacob bought a coat of many colors for Joseph causing the rest of joseph’s brothers to feel jealous which led to their increased desire to get rid of Joseph.
- Abraham, Joseph’s great grandfather slept with Sarah’s maid in the quest to have a child
- Isaac, Joseph’s grandfather showed favoritism to only Esau and this cost a dispute between His family
Why did God call Abraham, Isaac and Jacob faith’s heroes despite the family dysfunctions?
These men were not listed in Hebrews 11 based on their messy family relationships. However, they learned the hard way about faith, love and trust in God as they wrestled with family issues.
What is the first step to finding rest?
We must first make a personal decision to follow God if we want to find rest. The fact that our parents/ancestors were spiritual giants doesn’t mean we too can. God has only children and not grandchildren, our choices are very important.
What crucial lesson does the story of Joseph teach us?
If We are dependent on others to tell us what we are worth, then we will be in for a rough ride and be horribly confused, because not everyone is going to appreciate who we are and what we are like. Our self-worth should be in what God thinks of us, how He sees us and not in the roles we already have.
What does God think of Us?
God thinks of Us as a potential beauty and talent that we cannot even imagine. God loves us and He seeks to redeem us from not only the power of sin now but from the eternal death, sin brings.
Why do We need to make every relationship we keep to be in accordance with God’s will for our lives?
If we want to realize that great ambition God has kept for us and save ourselves, at last, we must base all our relationships on God’s principles. Joseph did His Relationships God’s way and that is why He refused to sleep with Potiphar’s even when no one was watching and He was set over everything in Potiphar’s house.
Even when Joseph’s decision to not sleep with Potiphar’s wife landed him in prison, why could He still find rest even there in the prison?
He got favor from God which brought about the favor He had from His fellow prisoners. There was love and He was much free from temptations and above all God was with Him.
What big picture perspective on relationships does Paul present in Ephesians 6:1-13?
Every relationship we find ourselves in is a miniature of the great controversy between God and Satan. There are growth dynamics and Satan had developed an interest in using our relationships to hurt and frustrate God’s will for our lives. However, just as God was with Joseph He has promised to be with us, though our relationships prove complex.
God’s rest has no limits, even in complicated family ties, He can still give rest. The most dysfunctional family can be compared to Joseph’s family yet God gave them rest. We only must seek the Lord with all our heart (Deut. 4:29). When We find God, we will follow His promises and there will be rest for our lives. I pray that We find God and apply His principles in every one of our relationships and we will find rest for our relationships in Jesus’ name.