Genesis 37:30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?
Sometimes it seems that we just can’t get straight what ought to be our concern or our priority! This verse is found in the story where Reuben comes back to find that they have taken Joseph out of the pit and sold him into slavery.
Reuben doesnâ€™t even know where Joseph is! All he knows is that Joseph is gone and he is going to get in trouble!
The interesting thing is that he says “The child is not!” now what is going to happen to me! Where is Joseph-is he dead? Has he been sold into slavery!
Reuben isn’t worried about that he is worried about what is going to happen to him! “Whither shall I go!?”
How often we get that attitude! Our marriages are in trouble because we are more concerned about our own welfare than that of our partner! As a pastor friend of mine, Wayne Cofield, says: Two selfish people can never satisfy each other.
How about serving others as we were commanded by God! So often in churches there are people with hurt feelings because each one is saying “What about me!
Paul ran into that problem and says
Philippians 2:20-21 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.
They didn’t even seek the things of Jesus! They wouldnâ€™t care for others! They wanted to just look out for number one!
The challenge for today is to look out for the other guy. To seek the welfare of others. To quit being so self centered, to die to self and live for others!
The sad thing is that Paul could only send Timothy because no one else would even care. What a sad state of affairs!
How do your priorities line up? Do you seek to meet your spouse’s needs or fight because you want it to all revolve around you? At church and in the community do you seek to serve or be served, to bless or be blessed?
Please worry more about Joseph than what might happen to you! Your responsibility is to care for whatever or whoever has been put in your care! Priorities-Priorities!