Today you should read: Deuteronomy 33:1-29
As a city boy and somewhat hipster (not the elitist skinny jeans type hipster but in the sense that I get annoyed by anything that becomes mainstream and everyone else just drinks the Kool-Aid type hipster) I didn’t give Duck Dynasty a chance when it first started picking up steam 2 years ago. Students would tell me they’re hilarious and sarcastic, country people would tell me they’re good ol’ boys with great values, Christians would tell me they’re umm… Christian and they all would try to get me to watch the Robertson family on a weekly basis. Even my wife told me I’d really like it if I actually gave it a chance. I’d read brief episode recaps online to know what others were talking about (as a good missionary should) but I wouldn’t give in until one day I was reading up on the bio of Phil Robertson. I found his story intriguing as a former college QB standout and the life he chose in spite of his athletic abilities. This led to my first viewing of Duck Dynasty and I am not ashamed to say that everyone was right because I loved it. I loved it then and I love it still today. I loved it for all of the reasons listed above but more then anything I loved it because it shows a beautiful picture of what we see in today’s reading in Deuteronomy 33.
In today’s devotion we see Moses, a type of patriarch for Israel, blessing his sons before his death and reminding them who God is and what He will do with their families and His people if they God first. He talks about God’s love, justice and protection in this chapter and he knows that he will not be with them as they continue to the Promised Land but that God will be faithful to what he is passing down.
Phil Robertson is regularly called the patriarch of the Robertson family and as unpopular as that term can be in today’s culture, you can see through this picture of their family tree that him and his wife have raised up four sons who love Jesus and then got married to women who love Jesus and then raised up kids in a home where Jesus was at that center. Just staring at that picture and thinking about the legacy this family is leaving gives me the utmost of joy and hope. We’d be stupid to put these people up on a pedestal and just like any other Christian family this is not a promised that every kid will become a Christian and live their life for Jesus. But you can’t argue that God’s blessing for the family is being shown in the Robertsons as you see four sons of Phil who are leaders in their church and grandkids of Phil starting modest clothing lines and giving glory to God in all they do.
Let this be an encouragement to you today that men who sacrificially love and lead the home can start or continue that same family tree that Moses and Phil has exemplified and if you’re a husband/father how are you doing that today?
Posted: Erik Koliser