I have been married for nearly a quarter of a century. One of the most difficult lessons I have had to learn is the lesson that my lovely wife is usually–NO practically always right. I confess I do not always like her approach, but–time bears out that she was on the mark with her assessments. It was the same with Isaac and Rebekah. Rebekah heard God say–Joseph will rule Esau. Throughout their lives, however, Isaac favored his burley Man’s man son Esau. So when it came time to give the final blessing–there was a conflict.
Rebekah took the matters into her own hands–she built an elaborate plan to achieve the right result. It put Jacob in a bad place–he had to lie, cheat and steal the blessing to achieve God’s plan. Everybody would lose. Still, Rebekah was willing to take the shot–to see her son properly blessed. It could have been avoided had Isaac simply accepted God’s plan–but, he didn’t. In addition, Esau was not a guy that was willing to accept God’s plan in any part of his life–especially as it relates to following God in building a God honoring nation.
I am consistently looking to follow the Lord in my life–As time has passed, I have learned that my wife is usually laser pointed on when I am not listening or not following his lead. What’s more–if I listen, she will identify the key element that I miss and often sees what is best for our family. It is not easy, I have to admit I am a bit dense…(HA! A BIT!!) and then take her wisdom and pray it through–but when we are aligned–God does amazing things in our lives and the lives of our family. Thanks God for giving me a Godly wife!
God Bless You
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.”11 Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have smooth skin. 12 What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.”
13 His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.”