The testimony of your life - May 10th
But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel), By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.”
Jacob is at the end of his days. With the passing of friends and family members, we are often found at the funeral considering the brevity of life and much is discussed about the memories of the person who is no longer with us.
Sometimes we even consider what would be said about our lives as well. What place does the Lord have in your life now? How close is your relationship with Him? At the end of our days on this earth, what testimony will our walk with the Lord share with others?
Look more deeply at Jacob’s final words to his sons we can notice something he says about the Lord. Mentioned in these verses we see him describe God as:
- The Mighty God of Jacob
- The Shepherd
- The Stone of Israel
- The God of your father
- The Almighty
Prior to this moment Jacob had related to God a different way than how he recognized the Lord at this time.
Jacob spoke about God this way:
- Genesis 31:5, “the God of my father”
- Genesis 31:53, “’the God of Abraham, the God of Nahor, and the God of their father judge between us.’ And Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac”
Jacob in earlier situations didn’t trust the promises of God over his life:
- Genesis 32-33 dealing with Esau. He didn’t trust the Lord’s promises and built a house in a place the Lord didn’t tell him to.
- Genesis 34 was the Dinah issue. He didn’t ask the Lord for help and feared the people instead of remembering the Lord.
Lastly, remember what he said to Pharaoh when he met him?
And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.”
At the final moments of his life, he got a full revelation of God. There’s a big difference between seeing the Lord as a far-off Creator, not understanding His character vs. “The Mighty God of Jacob, The Shepherd, The Stone of Israel, The God of your father, and The Almighty.”
Jacob realized and said the Lord was his God and recognized the beautiful character of God. Friend, what will the testimony of your life speak? Will it be known that you understood the character of the Lord? That your relationship with the Lord was one that was deep and life-giving to others?
Life Lesson: When He is Lord of our life and we understand the goodness of His character, our lives will influence and impact the lives around us today, tomorrow, and at the end of our days.
Thank You for Your love, grace, and mercy! You are the Lord of my life. Please help me to influence others as You have influenced me. Thank You for making me a light in a dark world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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