Trouble was in the house of Isaac. God already told Isaac and his wife, Rebekah, that their twin sons would strive for dominance and that the older would serve the younger. They, however, seemed to dismiss this word and went on their way. A family that appeared to have so much promise ended up in a mess. Favortism and deceit would now mark this family legacy. Still, God was not through with His plan. He remains faithful when we are not (2 Timothy 2:13).
Read Genesis 27:1-28:22
Jacob’s life, as we will read in tomorrow devotion, shows the transformation that takes place when we meet God. What is striking to me in this passage, is that Jacob seemingly did not follow his father’s God. When Isaac asked him how he received meat for the meal so quickly, Jacob in disguise replied, “Because the LORD thy God brought it to me” (Gen. 27:20). He did not refer to God as “my God” but “your God.” Even more, in 28:20-22, Jacob made a vow to follow his Father’s God if He proved faithful during the upcoming journey to find a wife. One thing I have learned, you don’t make a commitment to God and not be expected to keep it.
Another thing that is surprising about this incident is Jacob witnessed God but still lived in denial or at least believed that he could come back at a later time and pick up with God. Jacob was blessed in that he could return to this later point in life, but that doesn’t always happen. An individual may say that they will come to God at a later point in life and take God and Church seriously. They want to live their life and sow their wild oats while they are young and then make ready for eternity when they are older. Many times I had stood at the graveside of these individuals who never reached that time when they thought they would give their life to Christ. We shouldn’t boast of doing things tomorrow that we need to do today. Paul wrote, “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” 2 Corinthians 6:2). We only have today. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never arrive. Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ today?