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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 7/Heroes: Isaac

This is the final act of Isaac’s life. It is time to bless his sons before he dies. One gets the blessing of the firstborn. The other does not. He has a plan. He’s going to give the blessing to the first born, Esau. He’s looking forward to it mostly because Esau is his favorite. As parents, you are not supposed to have favorites. But it happens for a variety of reasons. The reason here is that they shared an affinity for the same kind of food. Unfortunately, this favoritism was blinding Isaac to the person Esau was becoming. He has married outside the people. He disrespected the things he should respect in following the Lord. The Lord was saying “no” to Esau and Isaac was blind to see it (no pun intended.) He was heartbroken for Esau when it all played out with Jacob. 

Sometimes what we want in life clouds our ability to see God’s plans. I remember when Amiren and I had to short-sale our home during the downturn in the mid-2000’s and moving in with my inlaws and bringing two little boys with us. There was a moment that I was really angry with God. This was not how things were supposed to work out! I did not want to let go of that house! My pride was hurt too. If God gave us this the house we prayed for, why would He take it away? I remember storming out of that house in frustration and went for a walk and found myself parked and sulking on a rock in the middle of an easement running through the neighborhood. As I sat there, I looked up and saw the Jamul Mountains. You couldn’t miss them. They dominated the backdrop. I looked to the left to find my home a block and a half away and couldn’t see it as it was swallowed up by the neighborhood homes. I realized how small it was. I felt God telling me to trust the one who builds mountains not the one who builds houses. It’s been a few years since then and I can tell you how God’s plan was and is so much better than mine. Even when we are blind to see it.

Scripture

Genesis 27:1-40

Prayer

Lord, you declared in Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” These words are so true. Forgive us when we question you and call your plan into question. Give us peace that comes with faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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