Over the last few weeks, I’ve studied about the reunion of Esau and Jacob and how this was a lesson on handling conflict. We face conflict every day. Maybe it is the driver who is in a hurry and cuts you off trying to get advantage in traffic. Maybe it is the fellow employee who is aggressively trying to beat you out of the promotion. Maybe it is a spouse who left this morning in anger after a disagreement.
It takes humility and kindness to resolve conflict. We all face situations at work or home in which our impulse is to react with anger but it is always best to let God have input into the best course of action. He helps plan the right things for our day and our days run much smoother when we go to Him for direction.
Jacob was influenced by others who were going down the wrong path. He went through years of struggle; working for his father-in-law who was not a believer and forcing Jacob to work as a servant for seven years before he could marry his daughter. Then being tricked by his father-in-law who gave a different daughter to him in marriage. Jacob gained wealth through God’s providence but this wealth made his brother-in-laws jealous.
Then things changed for Jacob when he was directed by God to go down the right path. In our lives today, the same can happen for us. Remember, God’s promises will be fulfilled because our Father can make the impossible possible. The world wants to tell us that God is not real but the ONE who created it all can change and restore a life through Christ; changing anybody, anytime, and anywhere.
A disciplined life with attitudes or actions that honor and praise God leads to a bright future so pray for discipline in obeying His way because He cares about our future even more than we do. He understands our needs but it is up to us to have the discipline to follow His way so that our needs are met.
The actions of today can have long-term, far-reaching implications in our living for the future. Regular Bible study and application of our faith do effect our future in a positive way. The mission of this blog is to bring out ways to apply God’s Word in our life at work, at home, and within our neighborhoods. The below questions for reflection for the upcoming study are laid out below to help bring out some thoughts and ideas over the next two weeks.
How is Joseph tactless in his relations with people? What are the problems of Jacob’s other sons? To what extent are you responsible for the effect in your life of other people’s sins against you? In what ways is Jacob at fault in the whole situation?
What kind of man was Judah? What kind of person is usually severest in his treatment of a sinner? How is Tamar more righteous than Judah?
What kind of man is Joseph becoming? In what areas of his life is God with him? What do you do when you are wrongly accused of something? The Lord was with Joseph so that there was success in everything he was in charge of. How can we do likewise?
How does Joseph make use of his circumstances? How does Joseph act towards those who do not know God? How is Joseph an example for us today?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast