Consistent prayer does not assure a life without challenge or controversy. In Abraham’s lineage, there was a very complex situation. Abraham fathered Isaac—God’s choice for the chosen people. He also Fathered Ishmael—Sarah’s choice. And then, Abraham remarried and fathered many more kids—His choice. In the end, God’s choice inherited all. Even after that issue was settled, Isaac’s family is promised its own controversy. “The older will serve the younger.” Nothing in Bible history, or church history or even our history has ever hinted that life would be easy and non-controversial. Adrian Rogers said in a sermon I heard this morning, “The difficult and trying times are when we learn the most.”
When we receive Christ as Lord, he conforms us into a new creation and ultimately into his image. Such forging only happens in extreme heat and repeated molding. We must be prepared to face the controversy and adversity—then we can also enjoy the final molding and conforming he promises. Help me Lord to be conformed to your image, no matter the cost.
God Bless You
19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram[c] and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
23 The Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger. ”
24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.[d] 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.[e] Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.