The Life of Joseph – 4

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The Life of Joseph – Day 4

Genesis 37:14-17

So Jacob said to Joseph, “Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me.” Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron.

When Joseph arrived at Shechem, a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for?” He replied, “I’m looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?”

“They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’”

The Thought

We have no idea how old Joseph was when he was sent by his father to check on his brothers, but we can guess that he was a young teenager, old enough to find his way alone around the area where his brothers might be grazing their flocks. He was old enough to be sent off with responsibility.

Jacob must have spent many days in deep regret in the days that followed. This was the last time Jacob would see his son for many years. But even that was part of God’s plan for this family from which the whole nation of Israel has grown.

Jacob’s regret led to Benjamin the youngest being something of a spoilt child and kept close to his father even into his adult life (Genesis 42:3).


Reflect today on your life as a teenager and young adult. When were you given real responsibility? Have you treated your own children (if you have them) in the same way? Why or why not?

Think of any decisions you have made that you regret and pray that God will put right anything that still remains from those times. Pray for peace concerning your past, and thank Jesus for the good parts of your life.

Meditate on Jeremiah 29:11.

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