Thursday, December 20, 2012


In Genesis 49, Jacob is nearing the end of his life and gathers his sons around him to offer a blessing. This is a monumental moment when he prays over his sons and leaves an inheritance of wisdom for their future. The tradition is that the oldest son will take over as the leader of the family after their father's death, but Jacob instead gives that honor to his fourth son, Judah. Reuben, Simeon, and Levi were all older than their brother, but their willfully sinful actions caused them to lose the right to lead the family.

We have to be aware of this risk as leaders today. We can make decisions that will cause us to forfeit our right to lead in our marriages, our families, and in our calling. This doesn't negate God's grace that covers over our transgressions, but it does reinforce the principle of consequences for decisions.

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