“From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel, by the God of your father who will help you, and by the Almighty who will bless you” (Genesis 49:24, 25)
When you do all things acceptable to God, He will bless you and say “Dear son, you are always with me. All that I have are yours”. Not only that. He will of great support to you.
When we mention ‘great support’ what comes to our mind is a husband or wife who stands beside and supports their life partner saying “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, for as long as we both shall live.” Indeed it is true. But God’s support is greater to all such supports and with God’s support we can even overcome satan. He is our soul’s bridegroom. He is our help on whom we can lean upon in this world of wilderness.
What was the reason behind Jacob blessing Joseph saying “By the God of your father who will help you”. Joseph lost his mother very early and was longing for love. With the belief that his own brothers will be helpful to him, he searched them in the wilderness carrying food for them. They beat him and through him into a pit. Finally he was sold to some merchants proceeding to Egypt.
In the house of Potiphar there was none to understand him. They falsely accused and imprisoned him. Days went by. By God’s grace he was lifted in Egypt and unexpectedly he met his eleven brothers. He did not take revenge but embraced them and brought them into safety. He also took care of his aged father.
When old aged Jacob placed his hands on Joseph, his heart overflowed with mercy. Saying “Oh son, how lot you have been longing for love! The Almighty will stand as help to you” he blessed Joseph and surrendered him fully to the Lord and it was a heart melting incident.
When my father was about to breath his last, he blessed me whole heartedly. When I went through Deuteronomy 33:29 (Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty) I understood that there is a heavenly Father to help me more than my biological father. The Lord will be a help to you also.
God who said, “It is not good that a man should be alone. I will make him a helper comparable to him” will give you the children through your life partner. At the same time He will also stand as a help for the whole of your lifetime and guide you holding your hand.
To meditate: – “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13).