Sunday, August 05, 2018
Your Blessing of Restriction
Darryl Friesen www.YourAnchorPoint.com
What's the difference between boundaries and rules?
Analogies are limited and finite. How does our relationships with children parallel God's relationship with us.
Rules have consequences. They are not adjustable.
Boundaries are flexible and personal. Bedtimes are for their good. It's a blessing. It brings joy the next day. She tests the boundaries.
Boundaries are more complex and harder to understand.
Heart attitude is harder.
Jacob's bedside blessings,
Jacob called his sons together and said: My sons, I am Jacob, your father Israel. Come, gather around, as I tell your future. These are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is how Jacob gave each of them their proper blessings.
Genesis 49:1-2, 28 CEV
A blessing for days to come. He was prophetic.
This confronts the concept of blessing across generations. Rarely do we think in prospective of the future.
V28 everything spoken here is a blessing.
V1-7 how can these verses be a blessings? Demoting these brothers was a blessing to the nation. Ruben attempted to grab leadership by sleeping with his father's wife. The oldest 2 abused the covenant of circumcision. They killed the people of Sechem. That disqualified them to lead the Israelites. So that made the curses they got into blessings.
They were likely devastated.
It's possible they were thinking they had done the right thing. Levi was rewarded and set apart after they killed 3000. They were zealous for the honor of God.
Good gifts come from the father of lights. What do we do when our wings have been clipped?
God decision to disallow us to fill roles that we are unsuited for are a blessing.
God is good all the time. He restores forgives.
The Lord says: "My thoughts and my ways are not like yours. "Rain and snow fall from the sky. But they don't return without watering the earth that produces seeds to plant and grain to eat. That's how it is with my words. They don't return to me without doing everything I send them to do."
Isaiah 55:8, 10-11 CEV