Since I was born –
from then to now –
God has been my Shepherd.
So Jacob’s words echo through my mind as I read in Genesis 48 how Jacob blesses Joseph and Joseph’s sons before he dies. ” Then he blessed Joseph and said, ‘May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully, the God who has been my Shepherd all my life to this day, the Angel who has delivered me from all harm – may he bless these boys.” verse 15.
As Jacob blesses his grandsons, Joseph isn’t happy when Jacob switches hands and gives the younger son the greater blessing.
But I know that one of the biggest blessings these grandsons and all of Jacob’s grandsons received is the long family history of belief and faith they have been nurtured in since their birth. It started with their Great, Great Grandfather Abraham and it has been passed down to them.
They have had years and years of role models in their lives of people who followed God and obeyed. This is a precious blessing that will change their lives forever if they choose to follow in the steps of those who have gone before them.
I have received this blessing as I pursue a life of loving God and being faithful to him….
as my mother and father did….
and my grandmothers and grandfathers…..
and my great grandmothers and great grandfathers – on back through history.
If this isn’t true of your family, you have the awesome opportunity to get it started.
Thank you for giving me the blessing of having a long family history of faith, Abba Father.