Is this Deception, or is this God?

Is this Deception, or is this God?

Is this Deception, or is this God?

Genesis 27:11-13

11 “But look,” Jacob replied to Rebekah, “my brother, Esau, is a hairy man, and my skin is smooth. 12 What if my father touches me? He’ll see that I’m trying to trick him, and then he’ll curse me instead of blessing me.”

13 But his mother replied, “Then let the curse fall on me, my son! Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats for me!” (NLT)

Central Truth

Deception is sometimes used to lead us in a different direction that the one originally planned for us. The things of the world can woo us and lead us to our own destruction.

Devotional

Isaac was blind, so he used his other senses, smell, sound and touch. He could recognize his sons by touch ...one was hairy and one was not. He could smell the outdoors on Esau’s clothes, but not on Jacob’s. Rebekah, his wife and mother of his twins, wanted Jacob to deceive his father in order to receive the firstborn son’s blessing that was meant for Esau. Rebekah even deceived Jacob by telling him that she would take the curse if one was given because of the deception. She did not have the authority to decide who would receive the curse, blessings and curses are not transferrable.

The path the Lord had for Jacob was not the one that his birthright gave him. By birthright, Esau was entitled to the blessing, not Jacob. Even though the path his mother sent him down seemed odd in Jacob’s eyes, we must learn to see our lives through the eyes of God. We must learn to acknowledge Him in all our ways and He will direct our path.

As I think about this in my own life, there are many times where what I wanted was different from the path the Lord had chosen for me. One time in particular comes to mind. I was on the “Fast Track to Success” with my company and was offered a big promotion! The promotion involved moving to another state, so I prayed and thanked the Lord for the blessings He was about to give....more money, a new and bigger house, recognition in the company that I had achieved all that I had been working for. That night, I had a dream about traveling to the new city where we were moving. In the dream, my family and I were in a car that was involved in an accident and was flipped upside down. As I began to look for my family, my wife was there, but my two children were not. God spoke to my heart and said, “If you follow this road that you are on, your world will be turned upside down. You and Sandy will be okay, but you will lose you children to the ways of the world.”

As I looked at this promotion, all I saw was success. Was God showing me the dangers? Was God really speaking to me? Maybe I had that dream because of the dinner I ate last night! I had a choice to make. Trust in the Lord and let Him direct my steps or follow my own path? I chose to trust in the Lord, believe He was speaking to me and I turned down the promotion.

Now as I look at my two grown daughters, my two sons-in-law, and my seven grandchildren, I see God working mightily in their lives. The things of the world grow strongly dim in the light of God’s mercy and grace.

What path are you on today? A path of deception or the path God has for you?

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