July 23 – Genesis 49:17-22
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Heavenly Father, help me to pray constantly and be always in Your presence with my thoughts. Help me to come to You first with all my frustrations, confusions, difficulties, and decisions. Sometimes You do use others to guide us, but how often do we go to others and not bring our problems to You, the ONE who can fix them, or fix our thinking about the situation. Sometimes I think we don’t come to You because we don’t really want the situation fixed but want to have something to gripe about. Sometimes I think I just want to be angry for awhile and I know You will bring me to the place of forgiveness. Help me want to forgive and want to always come to You first. Help me be wise, especially in how I deal with others and share Your love with those around me. Help me reflect You in all I do, and with everyone I encounter, even those who have hurt me. Or maybe I should say, especially with those who have hurt me. Yes, that is how I should think, Father. Give me extra love and care for those who have hurt me.
In Jesus’ name.
Joseph assumed his father was confused when he was giving the firstborn blessing to the second born son, but Jacob knew what he was doing. He wasn’t confused at all. God revealed enough to Jacob for him to change the order of blessing.
We can’t always know how God is going to use our children and how our children might glorify God, but God does.
What can we do other than raise our children up to truly know Jesus and see Jesus living in us? Pray. Pray without ceasing. Not only for our children, but their children. Pray for the ones they will marry and how God will use them and pray they will choose to glorify God with their talents and gifts that God Himself gave them.
Prayer is the one thing we can always do. It doesn’t matter if we are sick, disabled, sad, busy, no matter what our circumstances, we can pray without ceasing.
17 When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he took his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. 18 And Joseph said to his father, “Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.” 19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.” 20 So he blessed them that day, saying,
“By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying,
‘God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh.’”
Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh. 21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you again to the land of your fathers. 22 Moreover, I have given to you rather than to your brothers one mountain slope that I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow.”