Over the last few weeks, I’ve studied how Esau was talked out of his birthright because he only looked at what he wanted in the short term. The lesson to me was that we must be able to make decisions based not on what we want for the short term but what we want for the long term.
As I journeyed through Genesis 26, I studied Isaac and how he was not a perfect man who was somewhat deceptive and lacked courage to face his enemies. On the other hand, he listened to God and God blessed him.
We too face our enemies of today and we can influence future generations to not repeat our sins. The thought for me while studying Genesis 26 was the great need to offer our children the way that brings victory for the future. We owe it to those we love to be the best we can and to plant seeds for God’s blessings.
In the study of Psalm 27, Isaac was tricked into giving his blessing to Jacob rather than Esau. The lack of integrity has disastrous consequences for a family, community, or nation. When people are tricked into voting a certain way or buying a certain product that turns out not to be what they were told, they are harmed and the world becomes a broken place.
Families can be torn apart by strife. History tells us that in the case of Isaac’s family, Rebekah never saw her son again, Jacob’s brother wanted to kill him, Esau became the founder of an enemy nation, and Jacob was exiled from his family for years.
After the dream that Jacob had at Bethel as written about in the post An Amazing Future in His Presence, he acted promptly and stepped ahead with a purpose. The world tells us that everything is limited but with God, everything is unlimited and the blessings are multiplied.
Our growing faith gives us hope and optimism for a blessed future that provides momentum to apply our faith as we journey through life. The mission of this blog is to bring out ways to apply God’s Word in our life at work, at home, and within our neighborhoods. The below questions for reflection for the upcoming study are laid out below to help bring out some thoughts and ideas over the next two weeks.
In what ways is Laban a hypocrite? In what ways is God teaching Jacob? What counterparts does Jacob have today?
In what ways do Jacob, Rachel, Leah, and Laban show an understanding of God’s omnipotence and sovereignty? Was Jacob shrewd or did he cheat by controlling the breeding of the flock? How are you relating now to someone who has wronged you?
How does Jacob know he should return to Canaan? What is Rachel and Leah’s opinion of their father? What is the significance of the covenant at Mizpah (contrast with its popular use)?
In what ways has God shown love and faithfulness to Jacob? In what way is Jacob trying to take care of the situation with Esau? What do these actions reveal about Jacob’s character? Who is this man that Jacob wrestles with? What has Jacob learned along his spiritual journey?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast