Chapter-a-Day Deuteronomy 33

Thus God became king in Jeshurun 
as the leaders and tribes of Israel gathered.
Deuteronomy 33:5 (MSG)

I have two very different daughters. While each of them possess a sweet spirit, their personalities have been strikingly different since they were young. As they grow and strike out on their own, they share a common, passionate faith in God. They each have their own unique bent, however. One is not good and the other one bad. One is not blessed while the other has blessing withheld. One is not loved and the other hated. They are simply different as different musical instruments, while being part of the same orchestra, provide a uniquely different sound to those who listen. God will use each of them to accomplish his melodius purposes in the orchestration of Life’s great symphony.

As their father, I am proud of both my children with their unique set of abilities and corresponding accomplishments. I appreciate each off them for their individual personalities. I love both of my children deeply and honor the strong, individual women they have become. I bless them both as I see God leading them on their respective paths.

In today’s chapter, the lyrics of this Song of Moses continue as all the tribes, representing the children of Israel, gather together. The lyric establishes that God is the king of the nation. Then, one-by-one, the children of Israel and their tribes are given words of blessing. Each and every tribe is blessed even as each tribe has their own unique personality, bent, strengths and weaknesses.

Along the journey I have known those who have experienced the pain of a parent’s disfavor. I have watched parents, especially fathers, shower blessing on one child even as they drew back the hand of blessing on his or her sibling. I have listened to the crying of both men and women who have never received their father’s blessing. Those tears eminate from a deep place within the soul. That particular pain can have a profound effect on a person’s life.

Today I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who spreads His blessing upon all of His children. I pray that I have followed his example well.

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