Genesis 48: 8-11: More than can be asked or thought.

“8 When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked, “Who are these?”“They are the sons God has given me here,” Joseph said to his father.Then Israel said, “Bring them to me so I may bless them.”10 Now Israel’s eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed them and embraced them.11 Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.” NIV

Warren Wiersbe makes this general comment about chapter 48:

‘It’s a good thing to be able to end your life knowing you’ve completed God’s business the way he wanted it to be done’ The Wiersbe Bible Commentary (OT), p.135.

May God help us all to end well. Yes, to live well, but also to finish well. We can live in a way that takes little or no consideration of the finish line. But one day we will all cross it. I want to run well to the end of my days, and not stumble at the last.

One mark of concluding life well is when a person can look back with gratitude, rather than bitterness, disappointment and regret. Jacob was so thankful. God had done ‘’immeasurably more’’ than He anticipated (see Ephesians 3:20, 21).

And this God is our God, for ever and for ever!