God’s Story For Your Life


God’s Story For Your Life

Genesis 48:1-22

Jacob is quite old and nearing death. The time has come
for him to give his
final blessings to his sons.

Jacob’s
Blessings
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Read
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Joseph moved the boys, who
were at their grandfather’s knees, and he bowed
with his face to the ground.
Then he positioned the boys in front of Jacob.
With his right hand he
directed Ephraim toward Jacob’s left hand, and with his
left hand he put
Manasseh at Jacob’s right hand. But Jacob crossed his arms as
he reached out
to lay his hands on the boys’ heads. He put his right hand on
the head of
Ephraim, though he was the younger boy, and his left hand on the
head of
Manasseh, though he was the firstborn. / (Genesis
48:12-14)

Reflect
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When Joseph became a slave, Jacob thought
he was dead and wept in despair
(Genesis 37:34). But eventually God’s plan
allowed Jacob to regain not only
his son but his grandchildren as well. This
dramatic turn of events shows that
circumstances are never beyond God’s
reach. Jacob regained his son. Job got a
new family (Job 42:10-17). Mary and
Martha regained their brother Lazarus
(John 11:1-44). We need never despair
because we belong to a loving God. We
don’t yet know what good he may bring
out of a seemingly hopeless situation.

Jacob included Joseph’s sons in
his blessings. These verbal blessings were
very important, carrying the
weight of a “last will and testament.” Jacob
surprised Joseph by giving
Ephraim the greater blessing, even though he was
younger. When Joseph tried
to correct his father, Jacob refused to listen
because God had told him that
Ephraim would become greater. Then Jacob blessed
Joseph, the son he thought
he would never see again.

God often works in unexpected ways. He
certainly did when he restored Joseph
to his family. And when God chooses
people to be part of his plans, he always
goes deeper than appearance,
tradition, or position. He sometimes surprises us
by choosing the person that
human reasoning sets aside.

Respond
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God can use you to
carry out his plans, even if you don’t think you have all
the qualifications
or face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Look for how
God can work through
you and for you in every situation, even those that seem
hopeless.

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