Thursday, January 23, 2014

Greed Can Take Us Out of the Pits and Place Us in a Worse Situation

Scripture: Genesis 37:25-28
Then they sat down to eat a meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh, on their way to bring them down to Egypt. Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood? "Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers listened to him. Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Insights: Today’s Thoughts by Scott are very similar to yesterdays, but with a slightly different nuance.  What we observe in today’s verses is not the same as envy, but rather of greed.  In other words, yesterday the brothers were envious of Joseph’s position.  In today’s verses, however, they are greedy for financial gain.  Joseph’s pit just went from bad to worse because of the greed of his brothers.  It was bad enough to have been stripped of his tunic and thrown into the pit.  Now, however, he is going from the favored son to being a slave.  And for what does Joseph have to go through this transformation? Money!  Beloved, we in America are driven by the all-powerful dollar.  It drives us to work.  It drives us in our decision making.  It drives us in virtually every aspect of our lives.  And it will drive us right into the pits of life as well.  There is only ONE who can ever satisfy our hunger and greed and that is Jesus.  When we jump on the greed cycle we go from bad to worse because greed can never be satisfied.  Greed always wants more and more and more.  Just like yesterday in regards to envy, let me encourage you to run to Jesus.  Let Jesus be the fulfiller of your life.  Let Him be the One who lets you know you have enough and can be content in life with little instead of a lot.  Find Jesus!

  1. Is your life characterized as a greedy one?
  2. Do you understand that if you get the next greedy thing, then there will be another greedy thing around the corner?
Prayer: Father, protect me from my own sinful desires.  Help me become content with what You give to me and let me find my satisfaction in You and not the things of this world.  Amen.

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