Days of Pilgrimage

Gen 47:9Gen 47:9
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9 And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.  

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And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. Gen 47:10Gen 47:10
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10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.  

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And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.

Our days on earth are few and evil. How true. If only we can understand this great truth, we will place far less emphasis on them and consider more our eternal future. We will see ourselves as pilgrims and not settlers. We will recognize our true home … our Heavenly home. 130 years is not a short period from an earthly perspective, but when we consider the eternal future ahead of us …all our times on earth become truly insignificant. Yet our sojourn is not to be wasted, for it determines how our eternity will be. We will be termed as slothful if our work is not done and we are yet to be able to receive God’s well done.

Indeed it is a blessing to be able to know that there is still a lot yet to be done from God’s assessment. Many overestimate their accomplishments and a few are deluded that they have done much good. Jacob says evil and few have the days of my life been, as he proceeds to be a blessing to Pharaoh. May we ever lean on the mercies of God to receive help to complete our work be it amongst the heathen or in the body of Christ. Many Christians may not see clearly that God has given them assignments not just in the Church, but in the secular arena as well.

Also remember that this is a pilgrimage, that there will one day be a journey home, a reporting back to the father … a presentation of accomplishments. How will it be for you on that great appointed day? Will you be empty handed? When God asks … did you bless X and Y …how will you answer?

Reflect on your life as a pilgrim and the people and situations you have been sent to bless – and whether you did so. Sadly we focus too much on ourselves and how it was for us and the personal progress we want to make … but I discern God created us and sent us ….more for others …to be blessing to them while we may endure our own process of being perfected for our roles in touching the lives of others. I remember so many hymn writers … many who lived many painful lives but all are blessed by the evergreen poetry they left behind. Take your focus off yourself … seek grace to be salt and light for others.

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I know there is another fellowship in Heaven 4ce.

Prayer: Lord, help my selfishness … help me to be an instrument of blessing to others. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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A Blessing to others

Gen 47:7Gen 47:7
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7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.  

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May I always be a source of blessing to others and not pain. May even my enemies recognize that I am a fountain of blessing over-pouring with goodness that impacts the environment not just for myself but for all that associate with me. Jacob was a blessing to Pharaoh. How can I be a blessing even to my enemies? Meditate on this. I believe Christians praying in a community become such a huge blessing in that neighborhood. Will your absence be felt if you relocate or are you perceived as a nuisance.

Another example of this was David who once was found in the camp of Achish – the Philistine King … even in that scenario, David was a blessing and the King was sorry to see him go.

1Sa 29:6 Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not

Do you know as Christians you carry so much favor that your presence alone can magnetize goodness and healing into situations. An evangelist on holiday once visited a shop and as he browsed the books on the stand, he met a man who had been ill for a while who did not know him as an evangelist but just exchanged greetings and shook his hand. But as he shook his hand, the sick man became well instantly. Have you ever been in situations where non-Christians have felt the positive impact of your presence? If not, then do examine your life again. This is what it means to be salt and light. To be a blessing and an illumination to darkness … to restore savor to lack of taste and to be an answer to begging questions.

Worse is if you have become part of the problem, always murmuring and criticizing …making things worse. Jacob blessed the heathen King. Lord, make me a blessing even to those that hate me.

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Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever will be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. Refrain

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Refrain

Prayer: Lord, make me a blessing to all that come in contact with me. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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