Passage 29: A Father’s Blessing

28 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. God Almighty[a] bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!” Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.

Genesis 28:1-7 English Standard Version (ESV)

Reflection:

I’ve read an article in CrossWalk.com that somehow struck me, and it was about a Father’s blessing.

Allow me to share some key points I got:

  • Giving your children intentional blessings can strengthen your relationships with them; it can also have a ripple effect on future generations.
  • In the Bible, especially in Genesis, it was customary for an aging father to call in his children to bestow blessings on them. Blessings carried important implications regarding the children’s inheritance and family standing.
  • Children can receive affirmation and a sense of purpose from their fathers’ blessings.
  • Blessing a child is a short and simple way of saying, “I love you; you make me so happy,” or, “I’m so proud to be your dad.” 
  • Blessings can be given somewhat spontaneously. They can come in the kitchen, in a hallway, or really anywhere. It does not have to be on special occasions.
  • Another great way to affirm our children is through prayer, as we ask for God’s blessings upon their lives. When our children hear us pray for them, it gives them security and belonging. They go forth with confidence, knowing their names are on our lips when we kneel before God.
  • Blessing your child, include non-verbal affirmations – for example – an eye contact to confirm that you mean what you’re saying. Though some of them may appear like a trivial gesture — they can transmit your deep love and acceptance.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

I thank you for my children (you may state their names). I am so happy to be their father. I am so proud to be their father, a commission I believe that you gave me.

Father, I ask for your blessing to be on them. They are your children before they even came to be mine. You have plans for them, and guide me in helping them fulfill these plans. I know you have great plans for them.

Grant me your wisdom to guide them. Purify my heart that I may love them without spoiling them.

May my children learn to love you and know you more through your Word. May they live a life honoring you. May they only worship and praise you, Father, the one and only true God.

Bless them and may these blessing be with them and to all their descendants in the generations to come.

This we ask in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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