I have come to realize through writing this series on Christmas hymns & carols how integrated the whole Word is.
From our beginnings in Eden, right through to Revelation, humanity has cried to God to save it. And our Hope has responded mightily, and will always continue to do so. So in the light of the Word, I share these words with you today.
I wait in hope for Your salvation, God. Genesis 49:18 (MSG)
As a parent, I love to speak blessings to my children. Because let’s face it, I speak more warnings and correcting on a day to day basis then I do blessings.
Jacob, the father of 12 boys for whom God named the 12 tribes of Israel, is a parent I can relate to. He made mistakes, didn’t offer enough praise, played favorites when it suited him, and still God used him.
Not only did God redeem Jacob’s family from all its failures and family drama on an epic scale, but He redeemed an entire people through him.
Close to the end of his days, Jacob called his boys to him, to speak what usually is blessings upon his sons (Genesis 49:1-28). Instead Jacob said what He really thought, pointing out most of their flaws interspersed with blessing.
This verse from Genesis 49:18, stuck out to me like a sore thumb for many years, because it seemingly didn’t make sense. Until I took a step back and saw it in context of the whole of Jacob’s life.
Jacob spoke this verse with the belief and trust that the same God who brought good out of his life, would do so for his sons.
He spoke out hope for God to save them from themselves, knowing that God could do so. His hope was not found in his sons, but the God who would move through them!
This Christmas, God the Father reminds us of His love for us, but sending Jesus to be our Living Hope. Invite Holy Spirit to show
you the heart of the Father towards your children, and you.
For those who need hope, He has come as Hope.
Pause and Apply: Do I pray in faith for God to bless and use my children despite their flaws? Am I speaking truth beyond what I see to my children?
Prayer: God, I too wait in hope for You to save my loved ones. Help me see where You are moving within them. Amen
This devotion first appeared at Remade Ministries here on Dec 10/2015.