Devotional: ‘Jacob’s Final Days’

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This week we’ve taken a quick journey through the life of Jacob. No doubt some of you have thought along the way, “There’s a whole lot of Jacob in me.”But, for sake of time, we need to jump ahead in his life and see how it ends.

Hebrews 11:21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.

At the end of his life, Jacob was a broken man. The Bible says that he was ‘bowing in worship while leaning on the head of his staff.’ Jacob is broken both physically and spiritually. Yet, that’s a good place to be. The Bible says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:6, 10) Jacob is finally at a point in his life where he has something valuable to give to his family.

Notice that the Bible says that ‘by faith, Jacob blessed each of the sons of Joseph.’

Genesis 48:15 And he blessed Joseph and said, “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day, 16 the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; and in them let my name be carried on, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

Consider the three important parts of Jacob’s blessing.

1) The God Who Was the God of My Fathers is Now My God Also

Years earlier Jacob promised God that if He would help him and bring him back home safely, the God of his fathers would be his God also. God did all that Jacob asked and even more. God abundantly blessed Jacob. Now, at the end of his life, Jacob wanted his family to know that the Lord was his God.

One of the important parts of passing down our faith to our children is to teach them how to have a personal relationship with the Lord. It’s not enough for children to know about God. They need to know God and the best way to begin teaching them how to know God is to let them see our relationship with the Lord. More than one child’s life has been touched as they witnessed their parents kneeling in prayer.

2) My God Has Been Faithful to Me

Jacob said, “He has been my shepherd all the days of my life.”Our children need to know that God is a real and that He can be trusted to watch over us and take care of us. As parents, Tammy and I found that one of the best ways for us to help our girls develop a personal relationship with God was to teach them how to pray to Him about their problems and how to search His Word for their answers.

3) My God is My Redeemer

Most of all, Jacob let his family know that the Lord was his Savior. Jacob said, “the angel who has redeemed me from all evil…”As we saw earlier in our study, in his early life Jacob was a scoundrel. He was conniving, manipulative and sometimes downright dishonest. Yet, the Lord miraculously saved him. God was willing to wrestle with Jacob all night long in order to reach him.

I pray that this week’s study has been a blessing to you. God bless you my brethren.

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