7.7.15  "God Knows Best"

Genesis 27: 5-10 5 Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau.  When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back,  6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, 7 ‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die.’  8 Now my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:  9 Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.  10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.”

In this part of the story of Isaac and Family we see Rebekah taking control of the situation and helping Jacob to secure the birthright that was suppose to go to Esau being the first born male.

In Genesis 25 The Lord said that, “the older will serve the younger”.   So, with time running out quickly and Isaac in his blind and frail physical state, Rebekah decided  to matters into her own hands.    Together Mother and younger son worked to bring the ultimate reward for Jacob, the coveted blessing of Isaac his father.

There is so much wrong going on here, it makes for a great Soap Opera!

First is Rebekah, not trusting the Lord to bring about what he foretold before her two sons were born, and taking control of the situation by helping Jacob to deceive his father.   Another is Rebekah, favoring Jacob the younger son and guiding him in this act.   We can only imagine the relationship issues of this family.  The rivalry between the two brothers is evident.  Each was favored by of one of their parents.

Growing up, my Mom was all about being fair; because she had not been treated fairly as the 2nd to youngest child in a large family.   I remember my older sisters getting to do things that I wasn’t allowed to do yet because I wasn’t old enough.  I expected to do the same things when I was their age and I couldn’t wait until then.  As I got older I realized I didn’t always get to do what my older siblings did because circumstances were different and I was different. . Raising my kids now I realize how hard it is to treat them all the same, when they are all different personalities and respond differently.  I love them all the same, but relate to them each differently because of who they are.  I realized also, that I have changed over the years as well.  I am a different person now with my youngest child than I was with my first child.

Now in our relationship with God, he does love us each the same, but he has different gifts and callings for us.  We each have different ways we were raised, different beliefs, different challenges, and unique personalities.

Jesus died on the cross to forgive us all of our sins and make it possible for all of us to have eternal life with God.   We need to trust that God knows what he is doing.  That he is working all things out for those who love him.  God: Our Creator, Father and Provider, is in control of all things, I am not!  When ever I find myself trying to control the outcome of a situation, that is a signal to me that I need to let go of whatever it is and step back, breathe, and ask God take control of the situation.  I get tired of fighting and wear myself out over trying to control things and make them work out how I think they should.  It’s much better I have found to take each situation to God first and let him guide me through it, allowing him to work it all out.  He does work things out and does it so much better than I ever could.

The verse that always comes back to me is:

Proverbs 3:5&6 Trust in Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways submit to him and he will make your path straight.

Oh God, thank you for guiding us through our lives, and loving each one of us for ourselves.   I know that your plan is the best.  Help us to trust in you with all our hearts! 

Amen.

Patrice