Summary: Healing the dysfunction; restoring the relationships that are divided (even, deeply divided) ~ God will take care of this as we seek Him, follow Him, pursue Him.

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God in the Ebb & Flow of Life:

Dysfunction, Division & Dreams

Scripture Text: Genesis 37.2-11


Do you every wonder where-in-the-world God is? ~ …Events unfold and stuff happens, …and sometimes we just can’t see God in any-of-it! Have you ever wondered where God is ~ …cause you can’t feel Him, …or sense His presence, …or see His fingerprints anywhere-at-all~ …have you ever-wondered where God is?

Well, I can say with absolute-certainty that God wants to be involved in our lives. He loves His children ~ …and if you’ve received Christ-as-Savior, …then God is working in your life.

And I hope that as we take a look at Joseph’s life, …that you’ll not-only-see that God was involved in the ebb-and-flow of Joseph’s life, …but-that, He also-is-present in the ebb-and-flow of your life!


Let’s start-off by reminding ourselves of who this-guy is…

His great-grand-father was Abraham ~ …the guy that left his homeland because God promised him a new-land and lots of descendants. Oh-yea… and he’s the one who became the first-time daddy at 85 years-old!

Abraham’s son, Isaac, was Joseph’s grandpa. Isaac married Rebekah and they continued to live in the land-of-Canaan ~ …the place that God had-told Abraham would-be theirs.

Isaac had a couple-of-boys: Esau and Jacob. They were a couple-of-characters ~ …but each-as-different as two-people could-be! As-a-matter-of-fact, even-though Isaac favored his-oldest-son, Esau, …Jacob pulled-a-switch-er-roo to get his father’s blessing. This made everybody in-the-house spittin’-mad ~ …so-mad, that Jacob had to get-outta-Dodge!

While Jacob was exiled from the land of Canaan, he got married. Actually, Jacob got married a couple-of-times; …and he also ended-up having a boat-load of kids!

Joseph was one of them. He was the eleventh-son born to his daddy. But, the thing-about-it-was, Joseph was the first son born to Jacob’s favorite wife! Guess what that did for Joseph!?! ~ He was special in his daddy’s-eyes. His ten-brothers born-before-him were loved by dear-ole-Dad; …But, the Bible says that Jacob loved Joseph more-than all-the-rest!


I. Dysfunction

Now… you’ll notice that the first word of the sermon-title is: “dysfunction”. I’m using that-term loosely because I’m not a licensed therapist or counselor; …and I’m not-sure of the technical definition of ‘dysfunction’ ~ …at-least, as-far-as the American Psychiatrists Association. However, I know what Webster says about it:

Abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction within a group. (

And, I know what says about it:

A consequence of a social practice or behavior pattern that undermines the stability of a social system.

And-so, …according to these common-definitions, I think we’re safe to make a general-diagnosis about Joseph’s family-life: It was dysfunctional!

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