“Then he blessed Joseph and said, ‘May the God before whom my father Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, the Angel who has delivered me from all harm—-may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and he names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly upon he earth.’ Then Israel said to Joseph, ‘I am about to die, bu God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers.’” (Judges 4:4)
God continues to lead His people from generation to generation,. Speaking as the bearer of God’s grace and promise, Jacob, aged and about to die, blessed Joseph and promised the continued blessing of Gd. God’s aging leaders should be consciously active in passing the mantle of leadership from one generation to the next!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, every day You call a new leader to use their skills to serve Your will in our lives. Sometimes You call a number of times, before they respond to the call You have placed on their part, but they will respond and their skills You blessed them with will be put to use to further Your kingdom on the earth, until the day You send Jesus back to this earth for the second and final time. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“You cannot compromise and conquer sin at the same time!”
“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. ‘The Lord will reign for ever and ever.’” (Exodus 15:13, 18)
Confidence, expectation, and faith in God’s leadership are essential in the victorious living and service of God’s people. We can be faithful followers of Christ even though the dry wilderness stretches before us because we have confidence in God’s eternal kingdom.
“You did not trust in the Lord your God, who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.” (Deuteronomy 1:33)
For the march from the desert of Sinai to the Promised land of Canaan, God chose to make His presence visible and guide His people by a cloud or a pillar of fire. The cloud has come down and covered the Tent of the Testimony on the day the tabernacle was completed. When the cloud rose from the dwelling of the tabernacle, it was a sign to move. It soared above the ark of the covenant as they moved, and a sign for encamping was given when it came down. The cloud “looked like fire” during night. Whenever the cloud lifted, day or night, they would set out on the journey. God used Moses to make His world known, and the people obeyed His commands. God was with them all the time providing the leadership on which they were depending. Obedience and dependence still are required to enjoy God’s leadership, no matter how He chooses to provide leadership.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, wither before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not come to follow him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses.” (2nd Kings 18:5-6)
Hezekiah was unique in his trust in God. As a result of his faith, he obeyed the Mosaic Law and never ceased to follow God. Legalistic obedience without active faith in God will not be adequate in finding and following the will of God. Dynamic faith permits God to reveal His will to His followers. Each generation needs dedicated leaders who trust God and follow His direction and guidance.