Monday, August 11, 2008

Blessed, Blessing

God told Jacob, "I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring...." (Genesis 28:13-14). This is not the first place we read such words. God had promised Abram back in Genesis 12:2-3, "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."

Do you see the blessings here? Yes, God promises offspring to these two men. But much of the blessing He proclaims is that they will bless others. As I read this, I think of how Pastor Sheryl pointed us today to Psalm 145:19. "The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works." At the end of the day, would it surprise you to know that you were used of God to shower His mercy and goodness on someone? That is His plan; that is our blessing!

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