Read: Genesis 27:1 – 28:9
But Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, she said to her son Jacob, “Listen. I overheard your father say to Esau, ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the Lord’s presence before I die.’ Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you. Go out to the flocks, and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll use them to prepare your father’s favorite dish. Then take the food to your father so he can eat it and bless you before he dies.” Genesis 27:5-10
If this story was the only thing you ever read about Isaac and his family, you probably wouldn’t peg them as followers of God. In fact, you would probably be surprised to learn that Isaac and Rebekah, in their younger days, were devoted to God and honored Him in their words and actions.
Something happened over time and in today’s passage we see the stark reality of what it looks like when someone, who once was a faithful servant of the Lord, decides to seek after his own desires and follow his own plans.
We read in Genesis 25:19-23 that even though Esau was the older twin, God had told Isaac and Rebekah before the boys were born, that the older brother would serve the younger; that Jacob was to receive Isaac’s blessing. Both Isaac and Rebekah heard this, yet years later, as Isaac approaches the end of his life, he ignores the Lord’s word and decides to give Esau his blessing. And Rachel, knowing what was promised to her favorite son was about to be given to Esau, takes matters into her own hands and begins a web of deception that leaves family relationships shattered.
What happened to Isaac’s desire to serve the Lord, instead of himself? What happened to Rebekah’s faithful trust that God would make good on His promise? What might have happened if both of them had trusted their family and their future to their Heavenly Father instead of scheming and lying to get their way?
The Warren Wiersbe Bible Study Series say’s it like this: “Remember, faith is living without scheming, and faith means obeying God no matter how we feel, what we think, or what might happen. The obedience of faith was the secret of Abraham’s life (Heb. 11:8), but the absence of obedient faith brought trouble to the home of Isaac and Rebekah.”
This story is such a great lesson for us today. How many times have I wanted something, thought I needed something, believed God wanted something for me – and instead of trusting God and walking in obedient faith, I took matters into my own hands to make sure things went down the way I wanted. Too many times!
As you go about your day, allow God to search your heart and reveal the areas where you need to begin to walk in obedient faith. When we “let go and let God”, when we fully trust Him to do what He say’s He’s going to do, we’re free to live in His blessings. What peace that brings to our lives and sets a beautiful, Godly standard for the many eyes that are watching us live out a life of obedient faith!
Almighty God, thank you that you have good plans for me and those I love. Please forgive me for taking it upon myself to force those plans along. Help me to have a heart of obedient faith and to trust in your goodness. Thank you for loving me, Lord! In the powerful name of Jesus, I pray, amen.