And a man found him wandering in the fields. And the man asked him, ‘What are you seeking?’ ‘I am seeking my brothers,’ he said. ‘Tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.’ And the man said, ‘They have gone away, for I heard them say, let us go to Dothan.’ So, Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.” Genesis 37:13-17
3 Things to Note
2 Things to Remember
It is abundantly clear throughout Scripture that God expects from His children no less than what was expected of Joseph by Jacob.
Joseph’s immediate response in verse 13 indicates his respect for his father and the fact that he searched for his brothers until he found them demonstrates his complete obedience even though it took extra time and initiative to accomplish the assigned task.
It was at an early age that Joseph began to set a pattern of obedience and it was that character trait that set him apart, and God rewarded him abundantly.
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How do you instill the character trait of obedience, both quickly and completely, in your children? For more on Joseph, head over to Joyfully Abundant Life's post Did you ever think about the fact that it was God who sent Joseph to Egypt?
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1/14/2020 09:30:54 am
I think one way to encourage quick obedience is to enact whatever consequences we use in a timely manner. If children don't obey til the fifth time we tell them, or until we count to five, it's because they know there are no consequences until that point.
1/14/2020 09:35:47 am
You are absolutely right, Barbara. It's a balancing act and we cannot do it well without the wisdom of God. PRAY! And pray often!
1/14/2020 05:04:19 pm
Mine too, Ellen! I'm going to add your link to this post. Thanks!
1/14/2020 05:09:07 pm
That's the best way, Maree. Thanks!
1/15/2020 08:35:33 am
You are so right, Boma. Delayed obedience is disobedience, and I like that you say it's trying to appear polite. That's an interesting thought.
Joseph's story is power packed with life lessons. Interestingly, I have never stopped to consider his level of obedience demonstrated as a teenager. WOW! I can see us returning home with an excuse, I couldn't find them Daddy. (insert belly laugh). I expect immediate obedience from my grands and God expects the same from me.
1/15/2020 12:35:45 pm
It certainly is, Calvonia! I like your point that you expect immediate obedience and so does God. <— So true!
1/15/2020 02:13:09 pm
Oh how many times I have talked to my kids about this! But I need the lesson just as much.
1/16/2020 07:01:04 am
Same here, Lauren! Same here! We all need the lesson. Good reminders!
1/16/2020 11:19:40 am
I remember wanting my children to obey quickly and completely too. It made life so much more pleasant! How much wiser we would be if we all would obey God that way as well (preaching to myself).
1/16/2020 11:35:03 am
Preaching to me too, Lisa! I love the parent child relationship, and our relationship with God becomes so much more meaningful (especially as parents) when we view it that way.
1/22/2020 10:26:10 am
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