Wednesday, December 11, 2019
There is an Above and Beyond
The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. (Gen.49.26)
It is a wonderful thing to go beyond what has been given to us by others.
It is a wonderful thing to find new possessions in the spiritual realm.
Jacob had fought and connived for the blessings inherited from Abraham and Isaac, but in the end he had found a place in God which was uniquely his own.
When Jacob came before Pharaoh, unlike Abraham, he was unafraid.
He did not have to dissimulate but was able, in total dominion, to extend a blessing to Pharaoh.
He went beyond - he "prevailed above."
How amazing that God could take this twisted deceiver and transform him unto a "Prince with God." (Gen.. 32.28)
How amazing that this man, who was willing and able to deceive,
could be brought to a place where God could speak through him,
where God could use him as He willed.
The years of his pilgrimage, the journeyings, trials and sorrows, had brought him to a place:
where he could readily allow God to choose the way for him to tread,
where he could stand before the king of Egypt unafraid
knowing that God in Whose Presence he dwelt was the only Omnipotent One.
Having learnt of God he could see the nations as dust,
and their rulers as insignificant in their power.
Having learnt of God Jacob was more than conqueror.
If we learn, so will we be also.