Bless me, even me also, o my father. Genesis 27:34b (KJV)
Have you seen people that seem to hate to see others succeed? No matter how well a person is doing, they are able to point out something that could have been done just a little bit better.
As I read in Genesis 27 about the account of Jacob stealing ,his brother, Esau’s blessing, I thought about how powerful that one blessing of the father was at that time. It was not just a bunch of words causally spoken but the words Isaac spoke carried great weight. His words set the course of a whole generation of people lives.
An Irrevocable Blessing
His blessing was irrevocable. A human man’s word could not be retracted. Now if Isaac a mere man’s blessing had that much power, how much more substantial are the words that God has decreed about us.
Jacob obtained the blessing through trickery (albeit it had already been declared to be his by God). When Esau heard this he asked,
Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me? Genesis 27:36b
In essence he was asking what about me. Is there not a portion for me? Have you ever found yourself asking God a similar question? You look around at those around you who appear to be enjoying fruitful seasons and wonder what about me Lord. Maybe you haven’t but I have.
Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father. Then Esau wept aloud. Gen 27: 38b (NIV)
As I think about this event in Isaac, Jacob, and Esau’s lives, I am reminded not only of the power of the Father’s blessing but of the unlimited supply available. Your blessing doesn’t impede mine. My fruitfulness does not hamper your ability to be productive. If we govern ourselves according to the pattern of the word, it will have us competing against one another rather than celebrating each other.
Weep No More
Are you weeping inwardly over someone else’s blessing – their marriage, their job promotion, their svelte figure, their blogging numbers? Don’t allow the green eyed monster of jealousy to steal your ability to see the blessing that is available to you. There is Rehoboth for you. God has room enough for you and me.
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