[CF Devotionals] 2014-05-05 - What Would Dan Say?

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Genesis 30:1-6, 49:1-2, 16-18, 28

Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son.” Because of this she named him Dan. (Genesis 30:6)

My mother felt justified when I was born. She was grateful to God that I was in the picture, and so I was named Dan, meaning "justice." I would live up to the meaning of my name.

I am so glad I will be successful. Jacob, my father, said I will provide justice for my people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Jacob then said something I didn't appreciate hearing. My father said I'll be like a snake beside a road, a poisonous viper along the path, that bites the horse's hooves so its rider is thrown off. I am glad I will have advantage over others, but should I take my dad's assessment literally? I did not consider myself to be like a serpent, you know, someone untrustworthy, malicious, and sneaky. Is that what my father believes will become of me?

As soon as Jacob had explained my fate, my father said a prayer. He had not done this any other time, during his talk with us sons. He asked God for deliverance. I am not aware if it was deliverance from physical pain - or to be delivered from giving these speeches. Nor did I know if the prayer had anything to do with me. I wish I could have asked my father for specifics, but he was already telling Gad, my half brother, his destiny. But I will not fear my calling. I will call on the Lord as my father did, and trust that He will keep me from danger.

Lord, I am blessed when I seek You. I crave You totally, and want to walk in Your ways. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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