Thursday, March 17, 2016

It's Thursday , March 17 - Howard Webber

March 17 Number 60-

Thursday word from Genesis 60
'And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.' Genesis 47:9

When Joseph presented his father Jacob to Pharaoh, seeing such an old man Pharaoh quite naturally asked him his age. In replying, Jacob spoke of his life as a pilgrimage, a journey travelling from one place to another, still yet to arrive, rather than of being settled and of fixed abode. We too are but pilgrims. We too are not settled here as others are. 'Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.' (Philippians 3:20). 'For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.' (Hebrews 13:14).

Jacob also told Pharaoh that he had lived 130 years and that they had been few and difficult. Seventy years can seem a very long time when one is young, but as you near your seventieth birthday it all appears somewhat different. 130 years seems a very long time to live, but on reaching such an age Jacob felt his days seemed few and we know, from reading about his life, that they were indeed very difficult. Jacob added that they did not equal the days of his fathers' (meaning his ancestors'), pilgrimage.
Jacob died when he was 147 years old.
Abraham lived until he was 175.
Isaac lived until he was 180.

Then Jacob, who was the spiritual head of the family, blessed Pharaoh before leaving, (v10), something he had also done when he entered his presence,(v7). The  Children of Israel settled down and were provided with food according to their needs, (v12). It's a spiritual principle. God provides according to our need not our greed. We see it with the manna in the desert and the prayer Jesus taught us, 'Give us this day our daily bread.' In other words, 'Give us today sufficient for today.' 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer feared that he would not have courage should he be required to die for his Saviour. Those who saw him led out to be hanged however, saw how God provided him with the courage he needed on the day he needed it.

Whether the days of 2016 are bright or dark, trust in the Lord and he will surely provide you with all you need to remain faithful. I pray that God will bless you all with peace, health and happiness in the coming year, but keep you faithful whatever lies ahead.

Howard Webber
Bournemouth UK

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