As Jacob is coming to the end of his life, he blesses his sons and passes on his hope for eternal life.
Grandparents can have a great impact on their grandchildren, far beyond their “earthly estate.” They have the opportunity to impart valuable spiritual truths that have been learned over a lifetime.
As Jacob cherished and blessed his grandchildren, so we are called to value our grandchildren as the crowns of our later years.
Whenever we feel that everything in life is against us, its important for us to understand that even during these times, God is for us.
We are constantly being called to return to the first love we had with God through active obedience to Him and return to His truths and promises.
One evil act is never fixed by another evil act. We are prone to be escalators. How we handle a crisis is indicative of our intimacy with God or lack of it. We are called to live a life that is counter-cultural. “A life that is a glorious contradiction to what the world calls normal.”
Even though Jacob had his name changed and had received blessings and had even been face to face with God the night before, Jacob’s meeting with Esau the next day was a mix of some good and some of Jacob’s flesh. The consequences of that lack of purity would have long-term impact.
The pathway to all God wants you to be, sometimes involves embracing a permanent and painful limp.
We can go where God has called us to go and trust he’ll meet us along the way, or we can return to our place. Which will it be?