#WordsToLiveBy: “Simeon and Levi are brothers; Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place. Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob And scatter them in Israel. Genesis 49:5,7 [NKJV]
Your anger can cost you everything, even your blessings. The children of Simeon and Levi (men of war) will confirm this. Simeon and Levi were brothers whose anger (and unrepentance) caused them to lose their identity, their place of identification, their lot, their blessing, their inheritance only to become lost in a crowd of people. Today I was studying the word of God in Deuteronomy 33:1-29. And then I realised that when Moses who had led Israel (for 40yrs) was about to die, and set about blessing the tribes of Israel, the Simeonites (Simeon descendants) did not get a blessing. In fact Simeon didn’t even get a mention. I realised the words uttered by an upset parent over their children will and do stick. It is true that I later found out in Joshua 19:1 that whatever Simeon did get, their dwelling place/abode, was mixed up with the inheritance of the children of Judah. But ultimately, His Father, Jacob’s words over his life were fulfilled. The tribe Simeon was indeed divided and scattered among the other tribes, and yes they missed out on the same blessings the others received. Even though, Moses did bless the Levites (Levi’s descendants and co-culprit in the anger issue), they too also received no inheritance, except for where to live in. (Joshua 14:3-4). And the irony of it all that even this same Moses (a Levite by tribe) releasing the blessing did not enter his promised land on account of his anger at the waters of Meribah (Numbers 20:2-13).
So this 2017, try not to let your anger rob you of your impending showers of unabated blessing. People will try upsetting you this year, you just don’t let them. You’re not stupid, spineless and cowardly. You’re smart and you know what you’re holding out for. You’re holding out for your blessing and it will be fulfilled this year in the name of Jesus. Amen! How’s your year coming along?
For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; 2 Kings 3:17-18 [NIV]
It’s barely the start of the new year, and it’s beginning to look as if things aren’t going to work out as well as you’d want it to. The first month has not ended, yet, already so much debt, frustrations, and loss of momentum. You keep at it. God is encouraging you today, not to give up just yet. You keep on trusting God, you keep on doing your bit, and watch God come through for you much sooner than you’ll ever realise. How’s your year going?
As 2016 ends, I can’t help but to be thankful through it all. As the year begun, I recall putting in so much skill and effort into drawing out the right plan for the year, sat down and evaluated how much of my time it will cost me to see my dreams realised for the year. Wrote out the visions, set out the goals and the milestones ; and thought out what wise and prudent measures I will need to put in place, should the unexpected unexpected happened and be amply prepared and ready to go.
But I am thankful. For the unexpected unexpected unexpected 😀, for the successes but mostly for the disappointments. They were not failures, but they were new chances to re-address my plans. 2016 has been a year of growth, but as it ends, I am grateful for all of the lessons God has taught me this year, and why it’s important to never give up, even if you fail 7 times ❤. You keep it moving. Some of my good plans may not have come together as previously thought out, but with persistence, readjustments and Jesus on my side, I know that they will all work out well in the end.
So cheers to the visions realised in 2016, so many many of them; and to those that need some extra tinkering ❤.
2016 you’ve been exhausting, but in 2017, I plan to retreat, build on the successes, but I will never surrender to the defeats!