Isaac had no intention of yielding to God’s will–He attempted to subvert God’s plan by blessing Esau–not simply a “God Bless You” after a sneeze–this was dictating to God who would serve whom. But, even though Rebekah saw and corrected Isaac’s intentional disregard for God’s will–Jacob was still in danger. So, It was time to leave for Jacob. He was not much of an adventurer, but God was about to transform this scoundrel into the leader of his nation of priests.
As with any transformation, this journey would start with one step–the most difficult one. Jacob would have to leave the comfort of his home and protection of his family to start on his own. In his case, Jacob’s journey was aided by his circumstances–he really felt like he had no other options, and at that moment, he felt all alone.
In our lives, so much of God’s plan us seems dictated by circumstance. Marriage, jobs, family and health often send us in directions we would have never have dictated. Still, as we continue to trust and follow him, he will lead, guide and direct us through his plan for our lives. Then as we look back–while we have no idea how he did it–we see we have become more like him, in our thought and deeds. We see his hand in our steps, and we finally realize–like Jeremiah, in Jerimiah 29:11; that the father meant it when he said, “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you–not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future!”
We will never understand his plan–until it is in his right time. In the meantime–we simply need to trust and follow him humbly, gratefully and closely!
God Bless You
Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!”34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father!”
35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.”
36 Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”
37 Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?”… 42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”