Genesis 27:13: “But his mother said to him, ‘Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me.'”

July 11th, 2019 by Pastor Ed in devotional

This chapter has been called one of the saddest chapters in Scripture because all 4 of the participants were stumbling around in the flesh. The father, Isaac, was attempting to get his own way and bless his favorite son, despite God saying that it would be the other son who would be blessed. The mother, Rebecca, convinced her younger son to join her in deceiving her husband Isaac. The younger twin, Jacob, wanted to lay claim to the blessing before God’s time by his own human power. The older brother, Esau, attempted to divert or change God’s will after the whole mess was over. All of them wanted both God’s will and their own will. So many believers struggle with this as well. They want to do God’s will and receive God’s blessing, but they also want to do what they want.

As is usually the case, to prevent detection, one lie soon required a second lie. The long-term consequences were sweeping. Jacob never saw his mother again after this event. Esau kept trying to kill Jacob. And because Jacob had to flee for his life, he met his uncle Laban, who deceived him, causing him to be exiled from his family for years. If only Jacob and his mother had trusted God’s timing, he would have eventually received the birthright as God had promised. He didn’t need to enter into this deception, but because he did, it cost him dearly. The lesson is clear for us. Trying to get God’s blessing by deception will always carry a heavy price tag. How we need to simply back off and wait for our heavenly Father to move in His own time. As we are told in Isaiah 40:31, “But those who wait on the LORD / Shall renew their strength.”

“LORD, help us to wait on You today and not run ahead or fall behind what You are doing.”