Throughout his life, God spoke to Jacob in visions so he had the ability to predict or forecast the future. Jacob gives his last words to his sons as they gather around his bed in Genesis 49. Jacob goes over the past and puts value on their character. For example: Some of the sons would be blessed and others would be cursed. He saw Judah as a leader. Joseph, a prince among his brothers. Benjamin, a ravenous wolf that devours his prey.
In a way, it was like his sons were standing before the judgment seat. One day, we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. We should want to be remembered for attributes that impact the world in a positive way. The pathway set before us leads to that which is pure and good and lovely.
Biblical principles are principles for life that provide the stepping stones to where we need to go. Our experiences also provide guidance for the future. Use negative experiences not as stop signs but as guidelines so as to learn from the past and lead to a brighter future. Reflect about your past and what the heavenly Father may say concerning your life. Take the initiative at applying His word.
This day with You Lord, help to refine our character as we study great people of the Bible and the saints of past history. Provide assistance in understanding as we hunger for Your spiritual food; taking in what is good for the body and soul so that our life is full of meaning and purpose.