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Daily Devotional
May 3
 
And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
Genesis 47:10
 
According to Hebrews 7:7, the greater blesses the lesser. Although Jacob couldn’t hold a candle to Pharaoh politically, financially, or militarily, he was unequivocally the greater spiritually because he was linked to the God of the universe.

The privilege of bestowing blessing - of proclaiming prosperity, happiness, and success - was reserved for patriarchs. Thus, Jacob was perfectly justified in pronouncing blessing, for he was a patriarch. But guess what? It is equally proper for us to pronounce blessing, for it was also a privilege for priests and kings, and according to 1 Peter 2:9, we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood.

Wherever we go, we hear people mock, dishonor, and trivialize God. But you and I get to be those who say, “The Lord bless you.” We get to be those who speak the Lord’s name upon someone’s life, into someone’s day.

“But I’m old,” you say.

So was Jacob.

“But I’m poor,” you say.

So was he.

“But I’m nothing,” you say.

In the eyes of men, neither was Jacob.

“But I’m not godly,” you say.

Neither was Jacob.

Yet he walked into the palace of Pharaoh and blessed him. And that’s what you can do. It just takes a moment or two, but you can bless people by speaking God’s name in their ear, by adding God’s presence to their day.
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy.  If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store