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.
Faith for the New Year Journal: 31 days of faith-filled Scripture, devotions and prayer to start the New Year right with God! (Fruitful Vine Woman Journal Series) by Nicci Anna Kilcoyne
Inside, you'll find a page for each day of the month in January where you can read Scripture, a micro-devotional, space to copy the Scripture of the day and a place to journal your prayers. Perfect for the busy woman who needs a little guidance and structure or for a season of prayer and fasting to start your New Year right with God!
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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Pastor Jeremy Sweatt, Farmington Avenue Baptist Church, West Hartford, Connecticut
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