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? When you see evil winning, do you live frustrated? What if it were in your power to make righteousness win, would you do it? Would it be wrong to make it happen?
Rebekah didn’t think so. As a mother, she knew the hearts of both of her sons. Esau was bent toward rebellion; Jacob toward God. Esau, by birthright, was normally the one to whom the blessing would fall. (She forgot 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 believe that? Do I ever play God in my family’s life? Influencing them and controlling them are two different things. And sinful people can be controlling. We are strong personalities with definite opinions. Given time, we can weave a convincing argument when we believe in something. But here’s the question. Are we trying to control someone where God is already at work? His plan is perfect. His timing is perfect. He knows the hearts of the people who are involved. Do we really think we know them better than Him? If we believe that we need to compensate for God’s seeming inactivity, we are acting out of unbelief. Faith is absent.
There are times that God calls each of us to take a stand and wield spiritual power prayerfully. That’s easier than the alternative; taking a stand and wielding power prematurely because we’re 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