The Battles We Face

The Battles We Face

22 “Joseph is a fruitful vine,
a fruitful vine near a spring,
whose branches climb over a wall.
23 With bitterness archers attacked him;
they shot at him with hostility.
24 But his bow remained steady,
his strong arms stayed limber,
because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob,
because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,
25 because of your father’s God, who helps you,
because of the Almighty, who blesses you
with blessings of the skies above,
blessings of the deep springs below,
blessings of the breast and womb.
26 Your father’s blessings are greater
than the blessings of the ancient mountains,
than the bounty of the age-old hills.
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,
on the brow of the prince among his brothers. Genesis 49:22-26

Jacob knocked the ball out of the park with this blessing. Even though Joseph was one of Jacob’s youngest, he considered him “the prince among his brothers.” Joseph was highly favored in the Jacob household.

Joseph knew all along that God’s hand was upon him and delivered him from several significant ordeals.

Joseph had many enemies who shot their arrows at him. His own brothers were the first of the archers to do just that. But Joseph knew where his strength and hope lay.

God’s hand is on each of us who call ourselves Believers. These battles we face are treacherous and many. The enemy does not let up. He will not give you solace or an inch of breathing room. The sooner we realize we are in an all out war, the easier it will be for us to defend ourselves against the enemy and his devices.

The enemy is, indeed, more powerful than we are. However, the God we serve is infinitely more power than this enemy. He delights in us calling on him, early and often.

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