Reference text: Genesis 37


Genesis 37:22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.

One thing we can establish was the lack of complete agreement among the brothers of Joseph. It was like Reuben vrs the other nine in this scenario. He made up his mind to go against them to rescue Joseph later but like clockwork, they also went behind his back to sell him to the Ishmaelite traders.

From reading the entire story of Joseph, we come to realise that the place of his destiny was Egypt. Thus for Him, all roads led there. So when Reuben wanted to return him to his father’s house, that was a good gesture but one that would have kept Joseph outside the will of God.

Here is the thing, well meaning people will not always nudge you into alignment. Sometimes in their bid to protect, cushion and protect, in their earnest desire to nudge us towards something better, they may impede and obstruct the move of God in our life. Not intentionally for they do really mean well.

It is therefore important to even discern between well meaning intentions. Not just for being ungrateful, but so that the many good intentions of others don’t lead us far out of what God actually intends for us.


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