Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of
Israel—he was indeed the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s
bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph, the son of Israel,
so that the genealogy is not listed according to the birthright; yet
Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came a ruler, although
the birthright was Joseph’s.1Chronicles 5
The ancient Israelite community was a type of primogeniture society. The legitimate first born son
inherited a double portion of the father’s wealth because he is
supposed to perpetuate the dynasty and this was a huge responsibility.
Reuben was rejected by Jacob on his dying bed for an error from his
past which the patriarch found unforgivable. Joseph was preferred by his
father and given the birth-right not only because he had always been
the preferred son with the coat of many colours but also because of the
hardship of his past. In these two cases, the present circumstance was
affected by issues from the past. Your past shall not truncate your
Reuben was rejected, Joseph preferred but Judah
prevailed. Talking about the law of expectation, Brian Tracy asserts, “your expectation of situations and people exerts a powerful
invisible influence that causes people to behave and situation to work
out just as you expect them to.” He gave examples of situations where
another’s expectations may affect you greatly e.g. the expectation of
parents, spouses and bosses. Brian Tracy explains that above all your
own expectations of yourself is strong enough to override the effects of
the expectations of others on you.
Perhaps you carry a scar on
your heart which serves as a constant reminder of a negative past;
people may have written you off for the same reason. However, I’ve got
news for you, God hasn’t and His expectation of you is only glorious
Lift up your head, open up your mind and stretch
out your wings for you shall prevail. The Lord will come to help you and
the universe is conspiring to do you good.
As you redefine your
expectations of yourself, may the mighty hands of God be revealed in you
and through you in Jesus’ name. You shall indeed prevail.