February 25, Sunday

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“The Promise Keeper”

Genesis 48:18-22

And Joseph said to his father, “Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.” 19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.” 20 So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying, ‘God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh.’ Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh. 21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you again to the land of your fathers. 22 Moreover, I have given to you rather than to your brothers one mountain slope that I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow.”

One of the many lessons I try to teach my children is to always be someone who keeps their promises.  A few weeks ago, one of my daughters promised me that she would clean her room by a certain day, but when the day had arrived, her room was still not clean.  Even though I was disappointed by her lack of responsibility, it was a teaching moment for me; so I explained to her that as God’s children, we are called to keep our promises.

As we look at the end of Genesis 48, we see that God is a Promise Keeper.  True to His word for His name’s sake, He keeps His covenants from generation to generation.  Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, share in Jacob’s blessing, but the younger Ephraim gets a larger portion of favor. Joseph objects when this happens because his father defies the normal custom, which typically grants a greater blessing to the older son. Later in biblical history, in Egypt and at the exodus, Ephraim and Manasseh were great tribes.  All of these details point back to the covenant God had made with Abraham when He promised that He would make of him a great nation filled with prosperity (Genesis 12:2).  God has always kept His promises throughout history and generations.

Here are a few promises in Scripture about who God is and who we are:

  • Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6)
  • The same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8)
  • Sure Foundation (Isa 28:16)
  • He is for us (Rom 8:31)
  • Our strength (Phil 4:13)
  • We are forgiven (Col 1:14)
  • We are loved (John 3:16)

What does it mean that God is a promise keeper?  One practical application is that He is trustworthy.  We can surrender our lives to Him.  Spend time today meditating on the promises of God in Christ Jesus.  Pray that you would continually be surrendered to His will and kingdom purposes.

Prayer:  Lord, thank You that you are the ultimate Promise Keeper.  Help me to trust in all my circumstances.  May I be surrendered to Your will and calling for my life today.  Amen!

Bible Reading for Today: Joshua 12

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