I read a portion of Scripture a few weeks ago and I keep returning to read it over and over. Come join me for a portion of the familiar story …
Joseph gets sold to traders and in a nutshell, the journey brings him to a position of high honor in Pharaoh’s household. God’s hand was upon his life and he was granted favor and success wherever he was placed.
Then famine struck the land and in a most unlikely turn of events, the very brothers who sold him into slavery must come to Egypt to buy grain.
Long story short, the brothers are reunited, forgiveness and mercy is extended, and they are all brought together again, including their aging father.
It’s the familiar story which you can find in the closing chapters of Genesis.
Then came the day when Jacob summoned them all in order to tell them their prophetic blessing. One by one they gathered and stepped forward to hear what their father would say to them.
And this is what has had my attention:
“He blessed them, every one with the blessing appropriate to him.”
(Genesis 49:28, NASB)
They were all Jacob’s sons, but their blessing was different. Each blessing was as unique as each son.
We are each sons and daughters of God, our Father. We are each unique and different from one another. Our personalities, quirks, talents, and purposes are as varied as the colored crayons in a 64 Crayola box of crayons.
“For You created my innermost parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:13-14, NASB)
The psalmist’s soul knew it and so do we. The problem is – at times, we forget. We must remind ourselves we have been woven and made wonderfully by the hands of our Creator.
The Lord knows all of our days for they are already written in His book and ordained for each of us. We need to keep our eyes on His plan for our lives and not look at, nor compare, with those around us.
“And in Your book were written All the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.” (Psalm 139:16, NASB)
God knows our strengths and weaknesses. He know the days of our lives in detail. He knows the beginning from the end, and the purposes for which He has created each one of us.
Much the way Jacob blessed each of his sons appropriately, so it is and will be with us. God will bless and treat us each differently and appropriately.
“Failing to focus on our strengths may prevent us from accomplishing the unique tasks God has called us to do.” (Max Lucado)
“At this point in my life, I need more warning in order to be spontaneous.” In her post, “Spontaneous“, Kym shares her thoughts, some quotes, and wisdom.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.