The Overruler Rules

And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the Lord said to her,

‘Two nations are in your womb,
    and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
    the older shall serve the younger.’

When her days to give birth were completed, there were twins in her womb. The first… they called Esau. Afterward his brother came out… [and he] was called Jacob.”

When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim, he called Esau his older son and said to him, ‘My son,.. I am old; I do not know the day of my death. Now go out to the field and hunt game for me, and prepare for me delicious food, such as I love, so that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.’ Now Rebekah was listening. So when Esau went to the field… Rebekah said to Jacob, ‘I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, Bring me game, that I may bless you before I die.” Now therefore, obey my voice. Go and bring me young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, such as he loves. And you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.’” Genesis 25:21,23-26; 27:1-10

God, who superintends beginnings and ends and all in between, speaks His promise, establishing His plan with the power of His word for all that will be. Man twists and connives in his own effort, to his own liking, dipping into fleshly desire, manipulating to bring about what he thinks is God’s will, yet God overrules. He is the supreme Ruler of all. He is sovereign, worthy of submission and praise. His ways are worthy of our trust, and always best. We can take Him at His word, even when His promises seem impossible.

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Before we dismiss the Isaac home for its dysfunction and deception, these passages turn a spotlight on us. When we know what God has declared to be true, right, and expected, but do not particularly like that it seems restricting or misaligned with our wants and felt needs, do we dismiss that part of His word? Do we ever try to bend its meaning to fit our preferred interpretation, or work it out according to our strategy?

Are there areas where we yield to temporary pleasure or disordered affection over the greater favor of Christ and His promises? Isaac’s idolatry of delicious game reigned over his reason, his sense of taste won over his sense of right. Where do I think the only way to resolve an ongoing problem (to which I have contributed) is dishonest manipulation? Rebekah believed God’s promise of blessing to Jacob, but thought she had to sin to make it happen. Where do I fear man more than God? What cowardice drives me to obey voices I know are wrong? Jacob weakly gave in to his mother’s orders, and suffered the consequences. (Genesis 27:24-29,41-44; 28:10-16; 31:36-41; Hebrews 11:24-26)

My King, keep me from succumbing to the temptation to rule my own life. May my daily choices exalt Your providence and supremacy.

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