It is often said that if anyone must succeed in life then their father’s blessing is something never to be toyed with.

One person who understood the importance of this mantra was Esau. Esau knew that the role of his father in his life wasn’t ordinary and hence he sought to gain his father’s blessing (Genesis 27:1-4). No wonder he became very furious after he realised that he had been conned to his father’s last blessings by his younger brother, Jacob (Genesis 27:5-29)

On the flip side, a father’s curse can be equally very devastating to their child. One such person who had this experience was Reuben (Genesis 49:3-4). Though his father’s firstborn, he ended up with a curse after having desecrated his father’s matrimonial bed.


Reversing the effects of a father’s curse or blessing on their child would require a significant higher level of spiritual authority. This level of authority only be bestowed by God and akin to receiving grace.

According to Genesis 49:3-4, the curse that Jacob placed upon his son, Reuben was meant to be irreversible. But the grace of God through a higher spiritual authority in the person of Moses was required to stem the ongoing effects of the curse on Reuben and his lineage when Moses thus declared “let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few” (Genesis 33:6)

This is therefore why it’s so important for parents (and not just fathers) to be very careful with their pronouncements on their children (Proverbs 18:21).


The default nature of our Heavenly Father is to bless His children. His thoughts for us are good and are meant to bring us into our desired end according to Jeremiah 29:11.

One man who enjoyed God’s lavish blessings was Abraham (Genesis 22:17-18). Therein, God did not only bless Abraham, but He also endowed him with the capacity to become a channel of blessing by default.

Every earthly father is therefore encouraged to emulate the nature of God with their utterances, particularly with their children. God desires that every father become a channel of blessing to their children.

Make your fatherly blessings count today.


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