WHEN SOMEONE PLAYS GOD
Esau said to his father, “Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father.” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. Genesis 27:38
Rebekah played the part of God and how she and her sons, and their descendants, suffered. She and Isaac played favorites between their two sons and encouraged unhealthy competition. Usually these urges to draw closer to one child emerge from a defect in a marriage. When emotional and spiritual needs go unmet between a husband and a wife, one or both turn to a child to find understanding, camaraderie, and even comfort.
Rebekah devised the scheme where Jacob would dress up like his brother, go into the presence of Isaac, and extort the blessing reserved for the firstborn. Maybe Rebekah believed that the outrage would be short-lived. Esau would go hunting for a while and get over it. Isaac would only grieve for a short time. And Jacob? He would rejoice and prosper. She was wrong on all counts! Esau, from that day on until God intervened, was bent on revenge. Rebekah had to send Jacob away for his own safety and though she believed it would only be for a short time, she never saw him again before her own death. As for Jacob, the one who got this wonderful blessing, he would suffer the effects of others deceptive schemes.
Sin has deeper consequences than I ever bargain for. When I am poised in that moment of decision, that very moment when I decide whether the sin is worth it or not, I make calculations based on my limited knowledge of people and of God. My own spiritual blindness fails to see the gravity of a choice made against the glory of God. What I believe to be some insignificant act really has the power to eat away at the spiritual health of my family for generations to come. Whatever precipice I stand upon today, the one where action has not yet been taken, here are my choices. 1.) I can venture my best guess about the future. Then I can move ahead to force things to work the way I believe they should. Or, 2.) I can repent of my distrust toward God’s sovereignty and leave all possible interventions to a wise Father.
I’ve already seen it! Sinful consequences cannot be measured. They have always been worse than I predicted. You are a Father who mercifully redeems my messes. Amen
Journal Question: What have you prayed about, seen no movement, and concluded that you must take matters into your own hands? Have you made your move yet? What if your calculations for fallout are entirely underestimated? Can you step back, ask God to forgive you for sitting in His seat, and just pray about all things?