Daily Devotion for February 22, 2017

'His arms are on your arms, and His hands are on your hands!'

Genesis 49:22-25 NIV
“Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall.
With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility.
But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber,
because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob,
because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,
because of your father’s God, who helps you,
because of the Almighty, who blesses you
with blessings of the skies above,
blessings of the deep springs below,
blessings of the breast and womb.

Sharing inspirational observations from Charles Spurgeon...

“That strength which God gives to Joseph is real strength; it is not boasted valor, a fiction,” man “talk which ends in smoke; it is TRUE divine strength.” Joseph was “fruitful and “remained steady” because God helped him. “His strong arms stayed limber because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Also, did you “notice in what a blessedly familiar way God gives this strength to Joseph?” The “arms of his hands were made strong by" GOD's hands! "Thus God is represented as putting His hands on Joseph's hands,” and “placing His arms on Joseph's arms! As a father teaches his children, so the Lord teaches them that fear Him. He puts His arms upon them! God Almighty, Eternal, Omnipotent, stoops from His throne and lays His hands upon the child's hand, stretching His arm upon the arm...that he may be made STRONG!”

As you let this wonderful imagery settle your heart, Beloved, also consider these verses...

1 Chronicles 16:11
Look to the Lord and HIS strength; seek His face always.
2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.
Psalm 89:21
My hand will sustain him; surely My arm will strengthen him.
Isaiah 40: 29,31
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak...those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Psalm 84:5,7
Blessed are those whose strength is in You...They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.
2 Samuel 22:33
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He HELPS me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.
Philippians 4:13
I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

“Christian, it may be that the archers have sorely grieved you, and shot at you, and wounded you, but still your bow abides in strength”— 'because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob!' “

Remember today, Beloved, that His hands are on your hands, His arms are on your arms, He is helping you, He is protecting You, and He is making you STRONG!


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