As Moses prepares these people for the Promised Land, he reveals God's plan for each tribe. This plan was already in place forty years ago for the past generation to walk in, but they rebelled and died in the wilderness. Now, their children are ready to obey and enjoy God's provision in this land promised to Abraham. As I read through the leaders of the tribes of Israel, I was reminded of God's blessings upon those who walk by faith. Joseph was given two tribes as his inheritance with the Israelites. Even though Judah was the firstborn, Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, were each given a tribe and the Levites, the descendants of Levi, were removed from the tribal list and anointed as priests. Joseph walked by faith even when his dreams were crushed and he was taken away from his family. He never stopped believing that God would honor the dreams he had as a boy. In Egypt, Joseph was considered their savior, the one who led them through a famine without considerable loss of life. When God brought Israel to Egypt, He did so with a clear plan for their future. He made sure that Jacob anointed Joseph's two boys preparing them for an even greater role in the future nation. I think it is important to notice that Moses made sure to mention Joseph as the father of Ephraim and Manasseh. He wanted the credit for their current status to go where it belonged: to Joseph, a man who walked by faith.

Help me, Lord, to walk by faith no matter what is happening around me. Help me to see Your incredible blessings as I keep my eyes on You and my ears open to Your voice.