Our homes can be a source of destructive division, overwhelming stress, and persistent failure, or they can be the place where trust is expressed, forgiveness is experienced, and God’s glory is echoed. The question is, what adjustments am I willing to make today to move my family forward tomorrow?
Open: Describe a dif cult time you experienced in your home. How did that moment reveal dif culty and beauty?
Read: Genesis 37-50
1. As you consider your family, what are the things that you had hoped or dreamed you would experience that are currently lacking in your home? Why do you believe these things are currently lacking? Would they be considered unrealistic ideals or opportunistic ideas (things that could potentially happen but aren’t)?
2. As you read through the story of Joseph, what stands out to you concerning their family dynamics? What parallels do you see in your own family today? What do you make of Joseph’s brothers treatment of him? How do you see families struggling in this same way today?
3. Read Genesis 41:50-52. What do you notice about Joseph’s feelings regarding his family demonstrated in the names of his own children? What surprises you about this? In what ways can these same feelings reveal themselves in our homes?
4. Describe your own family’s dynamic when it comes to communication and forgiveness. Would you say your home is healthy or destructive in these areas? Why?
5. Our home is ultimately an instrument of God’s work in our lives personally. How does our understanding of this perspective help us to make necessary adjustments in our family? What course adjustments do you need to make right now in your home?
Pray: Pray that you would make the necessary corrections in your home to better re ect God’s vision for your family.
Memorize/Meditate: “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good...” Genesis 50:19-20