Chapters Read: Genesis 45:1 – 50:26
“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 nd womb.” ~ Genesis 49:22-25
Joseph’s life is a story of God’s faithfulness and sovereignty. He did not make a mistake when Joseph’s brothers betrayed him out of jealousy, when he was put to prison, or when He allowed Joseph and his brothers to cross paths again. All of those things were orchestrated by His hand, so He could let His people know who He really is, and to draw them closer to Himself.
I loved the line in Gen. 49:24 that said it was God’s hand that held Joseph’s so that his hold on his bow would remain steady, because like Joseph, we really can’t do anything on our own. Without the Lord’s strong arm to strengthen us, our arms would easily waver after just a few failed shots. And without His guiding hand, it would be impossible not to aim for the wrong targets.
It’s not easy to admit that we are helpless, and that we don’t have full control over our lives. But that is the truth. We can never stand steady without Him. And any attempt of proving otherwise would be futile and would only hurt us.
It’s okay to admit you’re not strong enough, because only then will you become stronger.
Don’t settle for a shaky bow. You need God. Let Him steady you.