WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL
OCTOBER 19, 2020
TOPIC: LET GOD DO HIS WORK; DON’T HELP HIM
BY T. O. BANSO
“Now, my son, do exactly as I tell you. Go out to the flocks and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll prepare your father’s favorite dish from them. Take the food to your father; then he can eat it and bless you instead of Esau before he dies” (Genesis 27:8-10 New Living Translation).
It is popular saying that “Heaven helps those who help themselves.” Some ignorant people actually think that this is from the Bible. No. There is no such verse in the Bible. If that maxim is not put in a proper perspective, one can actually say that God helps those who cannot help themselves.
In trying to help themselves, some people have ended up messing up things; and in trying to help God, some people have destroyed themselves and upset the divine process meant to do them good.
God had told Rebekah while she was pregnant with Esau and Jacob that the elder will serve the younger (Jacob) (Genesis 25:23). But God didn’t consult her before making that decision. Neither did he solicit her help in making this a reality.
Esau had sold his birthright to his younger brother, Jacob (Genesis 25:29-34). The father, Isaac, wanted to bless his first son (Esau, the rightful owner of the birthright, before he (Isaac) would die, apparently unaware of the transaction between Esau and Jacob. But the sale meant nothing without the father’s blessing.
Rebekah heard of his husband’s plan to bless Esau and she told Jacob, her favourite son. She taught him how to deceive his father. Genesis 27:8-10 says, “Now, my son, do exactly as I tell you. Go out to the flocks and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll prepare your father’s favorite dish from them. Take the food to your father; then he can eat it and bless you instead of Esau before he dies” (New Living Translation).
Despite Jacob’s objection to his mother’s deceitful plan that his father might catch him and curse him, the mother persisted and said he should allow the curse to fall on her.
Genesis 27:13-17 says, “But his mother said to him, ‘Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me.’ And he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and his mother made savory food, such as his father loved. Then Rebekah took the choice clothes of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. And she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. Then she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob” (New King James Version).
The plot succeeded. Jacob received the blessing despite his father’s hesitation. Esau came in later to receive the blessing and his father confirmed his suspicion that he had been deceived by Jacob to bless him.
Esau said Jacob had cheated him a second time having made him sell to him earlier his birthright. Consequently, there was strife in the family. Jacob had to flee to Haran to escape Esaul’s plot to kill him.
Jacob had to stay away from the family for many years. Imagine the relationship between Isaac and Rebekah after this incident if he found out that his wife taught his son how to deceive his father.
How do you think Esau would relate with his mother too? Would there be peace in the home? This all happened because a mother was trying to help God fulfill His Word! Many years later when Jacob returned home, Rebekah, had died. When Jacob was also returning hope, he was hunted by his past. He was afraid that Esau would take revenge against him. But the LORD intervened and made Esau come peacefully to receive him back home.
Rebekah, Jacob, and the entire family suffered because she wanted to help God to fulfill His Word. She didn’t need to. God knew how and when to.
Be careful! Don’t help God. Don’t complicate matters for yourself. Don’t delay the manifestations of his plans for your life. Allow Him to do what He wants to do in His own way. Obey Him and be patient. Don’t mess things up. “The LORD will work out his plans for my life – for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever” (Psalm 138:8a New Living Translation).
PRAYER POINT: Father, help me not to interfere with your plans for my life and my children. Holy Spirit, help me to cooperate with the plans of God for me. Let me not be wise in my own eyes and follow the wrong paths to achieve God’s purpose for my life.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The LORD be with you.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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