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Words of Life

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 48-50
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These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and…when you lie down and when you get up. – Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Do you like flattery, or would you rather have someone shoot straight with you? Maybe your answer is, “Well, I’d like them to shoot straight, but not too straight.” The truth is sometimes hard to take.

Genesis 48-50 shows us Jacob, the ancient patriarch, gathering his sons to his side and shooting straight by giving each of them a word from God. Jacob did not hesitate to tell his sons the truth, even though, in some cases, it was not pleasant and, I’m sure, not easy to do. He is an Old Testament example of the New Testament words of Paul urging us to speak the truth in love.

Today there is such a mad scramble to protect a person’s self-image that often the truth of the matter gets compromised. But in the Scriptures we see ourselves as we really are in the context of God’s love and holiness.

May we lead our families into the Word and daily expose them to the truths found in Scripture. Who can know the impact it will have on their lives?


Lord, so often I make time for everything else but reading Your Word and listening to Your voice. Help me to put You first in my life and to lead my family by the light of Your Word. Amen.

To Ponder

What better thing can I do than encourage my family to hunger for the eternal Word of God?

(The Navigators)