Morning, February 22, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“But his bow remained firm, and his arms were agile, from the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob.” — Genesis 49:24
God gives strength to his “Josephs” which is real strength; it is not a claimed valor, a fiction, a thing of which men talk, but which is just smoke; it is true—it is divine strength. Why does Joseph stand against temptation? Because God gives him aid. There is nothing that we can do without the power of God. All true strength comes from “the mighty God of Jacob.” Notice in what a blessedly familiar way God gives this strength to Joseph–“his arms were agile, from the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob.” Thus, God is pictured as putting his hands on Joseph’s hands, placing his arms on Joseph’s arms. Like as a father teaches his children, so the Lord teaches all that fear him. He puts his arms upon them. How marvelous it is that God descends to man; God Almighty, Eternal, Omnipotent, reaches down from his throne and lays his hand upon the child’s hand, stretching his arm upon the arm of Joseph, that he may be made strong! This strength was also covenant strength, for it is attributed to “the mighty God of Jacob.” Now, wherever you read of the God of Jacob in the Bible, you should remember the covenant with Jacob. Christians love to think of God’s covenant. All the power, all the grace, all the blessings, all the mercies, all the comforts, all the things we have, flow to us from the wellhead, through the covenant. If there were no covenant, then we should fail for sure; for all grace proceeds from it, as light and heat from the sun. No angels ascend or descend, except upon that ladder which Jacob saw, at the top of which stood a covenant God. Christian, it may be that the archers have sorely tormented you, and shot at you, and wounded you, but still your bow abides in strength; be sure, then, to assign all the glory to Jacob’s God.