February 12 – Blessings like a Crown

Before he died, Jacob gathered his sons around him to tell each one, in the form of a blessing, what would happen in the days to come.  So he “blessed” all twelve of his sons in the order in which they were born.  When he got to son number eleven (Joseph), again we can read the way Jacob loved him more because he blessed him more.  Joseph will be fruitful and strong due to the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, by the God of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, and blessings of the breasts and the womb.  The blessings of your father excel the blessings of my ancestors and the bounty of the eternal hills. May they rest on the head of Joseph, on the crown of the prince of his brothers.

Now that is a whole lot of blessing!  God did bless Joseph extra; He blessed him with humility to trust Him in the hard times and to forgive his brothers.  Joseph had the wisdom to know that what his brothers had initially meant for evil, God turned to good.  Out of God’s goodness Israel’s family did not die of famine but lived!  God placed Joseph just where he needed to be.  I want to be faithful to humbly live out my life where God places me.

Genesis 49:24b-26 HCSB