In this reading, we have an exaggerated example of sibling rivalry. The older brothers envied Joseph because of his special gifts and because of their father’s devotion to him. As they saw him coming toward them near Dothan, a sort of mob mentality developed. Even those who intervened to spare Joseph’s life did so for their personal benefit, rather than out of concern for Joseph’s well-being. Jealousy can compel us to think, do, or say things that are in direct conflict with our values. We may go to great lengths to make sure that we get our share of attention or favor or reward.
Can you think of a time when you let jealousy get the best of you? Were there things you did or said that you regret? What was the outcome – both for you and for the other person? What disciplines might help you resist reacting badly to feelings of jealousy?
In prayer, thank God for the promise that you are enough – loved not because of anything you’ve done to earn it, but because that is the nature of the One who created you.