BEING CLOSE TO ONE WHO IS BLESSED
Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and stood him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many are the days of the years of your life?” And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning.” And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from the presence of Pharaoh. Genesis 47:7-10
Writers in Jewish history say that when Jacob came to Egypt, the land was immediately blessed and began to heal from famine. So when Pharaoh saw that Jacob looked old, he feared that Jacob might not live much longer and when he died, the blessing would cease. If this was true, it would immediately explain a peasant rising up to bless a sovereign.
Someone who has spent a lifetime in the presence of God brings God’s presence with them into a room, a land, a home, and an environment. To those who are discerning, the impact is immediately felt. Have you experienced seeing someone come through the door and instantly feeling like everything was going to be all right? I have. I can name a half dozen people that make me feel that way. But God wants me to focus, not on these ‘others’, but on myself. Am I the kind of person who brings heaven’s blessing and order into a room? Every child of the kingdom is to be sanctified and have this spiritual effect.
Jesus teaches His disciple to pray ‘Thy kingdom come.’ But He also, by the indwelling of His Spirit, brings His kingdom to anywhere the foot of His disciple treads. Whether or not others feel it is dependent on whether or not the Spirit is quenched in that believer’s life. Maturity is slowly growing into the person of Christ so that who I am and who He is looks more and more the same. When I walk in a room, it should have the same kind of effect as Jesus walking into the room.
Has God asked you to bless a superior? Would a secretary ask to pray for her boss? Would a nurse ask to bless the physician in charge? Would a parishioner ask to bless a pastor? In God’s order of things, yes. When prompted by the Spirit, this is how the kingdom is ordered.
Jacob had a moment with Pharaoh. That’s all. In that brief encounter, God’s presence was left with the words of Jacob’s blessing. I don’t know all the places I will visit today nor do I know all the people I will encounter. But I’m going in more aware of the possible impact because I am a container for the Spirit of God.
In this stressed out world, purify me and prepare me to bring the blessing of Your presence to others today. Amen