Making Something Right The Wrong Way

MAKING SOMETHING RIGHT THE WRONG WAY

He [Isaac} said, “Behold, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me, and prepare for me delicious food, such as I love, and bring it to me so that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.” Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, ‘Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the Lord before I die.’ Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you.  Genesis 27:2-8

  Is your spiritual rudder straight?  Do you see evil winning and do you live frustrated?  What if it were in your power to make righteousness win, would you do it?  Would this be wrong?

  Rebekah didn’t think so.  As a mother, she knew the hearts of both of her sons.  Esau was bent toward unrighteousness; Jacob toward God.  Esau, by birthright, was normally the one to whom the blessing would fall.  (She forgets that God had already worked this out when the babies were in her womb. Gen.25:23)  When an opportunity presents itself to make things right, for her nearly blind husband to pass the blessing onto their younger son, she quickly conceives a plan.  She believes that the future of her family rests on her shoulders.

  Do I?  Do I ever play God in my family’s life?  Influencing them and controlling them are two different things.  And I can be controlling.  I’m a strong personality with definite opinions.  Given time, I can weave a convincing argument when I believe in something.  But here’s the question.  Am I trying to control someone where God is already at work?  His plan is perfect.  His timing is perfect.  He knows the hearts of the person who is involved.  Do I really think I know them better than Him?  If I believe that I need to compensate for God’s seeming inactivity, I am acting out of unbelief.  Faith is absent.

  There are times that God calls me to take a stand and wield spiritual power prayerfully.  That’s easier than the alternative; taking a stand and wielding power prematurely because I’m afraid God isn’t going to do anything.  Rebekah wanted something holy.  For this, I commend her.  Her methods, however, were deplorable.

Give me grace to ignore the ticking of my own clock and to wait on You. Amen

Journal Question:  Where are you crying out for change in your life?  In your family?  How long have you been waiting on God?  Are you willing to stop and learn from Rebekah’s mistake?  Write out your new commitment to move only as God prompts.  And when He is silent with a plan, to wait.

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