January 18

So [Jacob] said to [Joseph], “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock, and bring me word.”…

Genesis 37:14 ESV

It was the father’s worrying that sends Joseph into the hands of brothers.

I see two lessons in that. One, we need to understand the dangers of worry. Psalms 37:8 says, “Do not fret. It only causes harm.” If the only result of our fretting is harm, why do we do it? Worry is unbelief. We need to confess it and put our trust in God. He is watching over our kids. Put them in His hands to care for. Don’t play God and try to be their protector. They are better off with God as their shield and defender.

Another lesson is that the brothers lost sight of how much their father cared for them. He was worried about them. They saw his love for Joseph but not his love for them. It was there. We need to rejoice with others rejoicing and not let jealousy blind us to all the good we have been given from the Father.