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God is simply free from usual convention. The old joke put it this way–God created man in his image, and men have been trying to return the favor ever since! God will not be put in a box. His ways are not our ways. 

When Joseph brought his sons  to be blessed by Israel, Israel blessed the younger brother ahead of the older.  God’s plan sees ahead, much farther and wider than we could imagine. So he could lead Israel to bless Joseph and his sons in a way consistent with his plan. 

That is why we spend a great deal of time confused by what God does in our lives. We can only see from our limited perspective. God, conversely, sees and knows all things. While it is difficult, God asks us to trust him. 

When we do trust him, he navigates life’s twists and turns–and prepares and leads us through the seemingly impossible course into a full and purposeful life here and an eternity with him in Heaven. That is why our faith is the most important gift to God. 

Be prepared–we will probably never fully understand why God does what he does, but, if we trust him–we will be blessed beyond our wildest dreams. 

God Bless You

Then he blessed Joseph and said,“May the God before whom my grandfather Abraham and my father, Isaac, walked—the God who has been my shepherdall my life, to this very day,

the Angel who has redeemed me from all harm—may he bless these boys.May they preserve my nameand the names of Abraham and Isaac.And may their descendants multiply greatlythroughout the earth.”

But Joseph was upset when he saw that his father placed his right hand on Ephraim’s head. So Joseph lifted it to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.

“No, my father,” he said. “This one is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head.”

But his father refused. “I know, my son; I know,” he replied. “Manasseh will also become a great people, but his younger brother will become even greater. And his descendants will become a multitude of nations.”

So Jacob blessed the boys that day with this blessing: “The people of Israel will use your names when they give a blessing. They will say, ‘May God make you as prosperous as Ephraim and Manasseh.’” In this way, Jacob put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.