March 24; Personal Blessings

Deuteronomy 33-34; Joshua 1-2

Do you know what I like about the blessings Moses gave to the twelve tribes before he died? They are all so personal. Yes, the entire nation was living under the Promise of God concerning the land. They were all God’s chosen nation. But Moses knew that nation was made of individuals. And each of the tribes had unique strengths and weaknesses.

Moses asked God to give Reuben a large family, to give Judah help against the enemy, to bless the work of Levi, to give Benjamin security. I hope you’ll read these chapters today and ask God to speak to your heart. Because I believe God is as intimately interested in each of us as He was with the ancient Jews.

Oh, as His beloved children through the blood of Jesus, we live under the Promise of God for eternal life, for His Presence, and His great love. But God knows His kingdom is made up of individuals like you and me.

I’m not battling cancer right now. My young friend, Caleb is. May God bless him with strength to fight this fight with steadfast faith. I don’t need that same kind of strength right now. My need looks more like wisdom and discernment about a matter. You might not need the same wisdom or discernment at the moment. Your need might look more like victory in the battle for your soul, or over a particular sin.

Maybe, like Levi, your need is for God’s blessing on a ministry, or like Naphtali you might be enjoying God’s favor, full of his blessing. I don’t know what your life is like right now. I don’t know what you need. Or how God can bless you.

But He knows. In a personal, intimate way, He knows what you need and is eager to bless you. It’s not just a one-size-fits-all kind of blessing. God’s blessings are personal.

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