Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.
Today is a prayer passage for parents (and grandparents). It’s a reminder of how favoritism damages relationships and destroys families. Jacob’s (Israel) preference toward Joseph and his extravagant gift caused division, deceit, and pain for Joseph and the entire family. The brothers’ hatred for Joseph and their subsequent scheme to sell him into slavery, while not excused, has its roots in Jacob’s sin. Yes, God worked it all out for good, but don’t miss the years of pain, that robbed the brothers of spiritual growth.
Certainly, there are times when our personality or interests just seem to click with one of our children. These make for special times but not for favoritism. So, ask God to open your eyes to see if Jacob’s sinful shortsightedness is demonstrating any evidence in your parenting (or grandparenting).
- Ask God to help you think honestly and vulnerably through your relationship with each of your children. Ask him to show you if you are showing favoritism in any way. Allow God to speak to you about the relationship you have with your children.
- Schedule special individual time with each of your children (grandchildren). Ask God to help you see that he has fearfully and wonderfully formed them. Ask God to help you see and celebrate the special personality and gifts of each child (grandchild).
And…keep asking God to keep your eyes and heart open regarding your children.
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