• Joseph’s Protest Devotional

    Genesis 48:15–20

    John Calvin comments, saying the Lord purposely changed “the law of nature, to teach us that what he freely confers upon us, is entirely the result of his own will.” We tend to think, at least subconsciously, that God chooses us because we are nicer or cuter or smarter than our neighbor. But let us remember that we were in bondage to sin and that the Lord saved us in His mercy, not because we were or are deserving (Titus 3:3–7). Never forget God’s amazing grace. View Resource

  • Jacob: Lesson Learned Devotional

    Genesis 48:12–14

    Jacob learned the ways of the Lord who exalts what men might forget (Matt. 19:30) and gives a better blessing to the younger Ephraim while relying on God’s ways honestly, nobly, and carefully. If an outsider were called upon to write the history of your life, would character qualities like honesty and carefulness show themselves time and again? Would you be shown as a person who relied on God and did what He said was right, even when it cost you dearly? View Resource

  • Two More Sons of Israel Devotional

    Genesis 48:1–7

    John Calvin says that Joseph’s rush to see his father one last time shows he regards it “a greater privilege to be a son of Jacob, than to preside over a hundred kingdoms.” Joseph saw his father’s great faith on his deathbed and knew the blessing of his father’s God must be his or all else would be nothing. If the Lord tarries, we too may die before seeing the fullness of God’s promise. Will we be like Jacob and trust that God’s promise will be fulfilled, even if our death comes first? View Resource

  • The Patriarchal Blessing Devotional

    Genesis 17:26-29

    The Bible is clear that the patriarchal blessing finds its fullness in Christ, the truest son of Abraham. Moreover, in His grace, the Father has extended this blessing to all of those who believe in Him (Gal. 3:29). How readily do we forget that we who serve Jesus are the blessed people of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit to do His will? Reflect on this great status today as you go about your business and marvel at the Lord’s willingness to set His favor on you. View Resource