Good morning y’all. Today we in chapter 49 of Genesis. In this chapter, we see Jacob pronounce blessing on each of his children.
One key point I want to bring out from today’s chapter is that our actions determine our destiny; be it good or bad.
Jacobs 1st 3 kids were disinherited due to their actions. Reuben slept with his father’s concubine – Bilhal; Simeon and Levi ganged up together to slaughter a whole nation of men. As a result, they were disinherited.
What destiny are you carving for yourself and for those to come behind you? Your actions don’t affect you alone, they also affect your children and generation to come.
I found this excerpt online: “Our actions determine our future blessings in God’s program and the choices we make today will affect our descendants for generations to come. We must learn from Reuben, Simeon, and Levi that we cannot live recklessly. God, the righteous judge sees everything. We may feel that we have “gotten away” with something, but we haven’t. We just haven’t “faced the music” yet…but we will. Even though we are secure in Christ, there are still consequences to our actions. We must continually recognize that one day we will have to give an account (2 Cor 5:10)” – (Keith. R. Krell, Bible.org)
There is still hope for us, we can turn back to God and repent from our reckless way of living and God can re-write our destiny. I’m particularly encouraged by Judah. Of all the brothers, he seemed to be the one who got the greatest blessing, despite his folly in Genesis 38 where he slept with his daughter in law – Tamar, and his part in selling Joseph off as a slave in Genesis 37. Judah had a change of heart and repented from his sins. From chapter 43 and 44 we see a changed Judah compared to the ones in the prior chapters.
Jacobs blessings to Judah are so powerful. He even prophesied about Jesus coming through Judahs lineage. See verse 10.
The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the one to whom it belongs, the one whom all nations will honor.(Genesis 49:10 NLT)
There is hope if we repent from our sins and turn back to God. He can give us a new start. He said in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that “If my own people will humbly pray and turn back to me and stop sinning, then I will answer them from heaven. I will forgive them and make their land fertile once again”. (2 Chronicles 7:14 CEVUS06)
Today look inward and ask yourself what destiny am I carving for myself and my children based on my actions.
Dear Lord we thank you for today. We give you all the praise. We ask for grace to turn away from our reckless way of living and turn back to you. We ask you forgive us and give us a fresh start. Lord help us to always remember that our actions have a great impact on our destiny. We pray when you return for your saints, we won’t be found wanting and disqualified. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Thanks for joining today.
Have a blessed day and remember; our actions always have consequences 🙂
***With God all things are possible***