“But Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, she said to her son Jacob, listen, I overheard your father say to Esau, bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the Lord’s presence before I die. Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you.” (Gen. 27v5-8)

WHEN Rebekah learned that Isaac was preparing to bless Esau, she quickly devised a plan to trick him into blessing Jacob instead, even after God had already told her of Jacob’s leadership position in the family.

“And the Lord told her, the sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other, and your older son will serve your younger son.” (Gen. 25v23)

Rebekah, notwithstanding, took matters into her hands. She resorted to doing something wrong to try to bring about what God had already said would happen. For Rebekah, the end justifies the means. No matter how good we think our goal is, we should not attempt to achieve it by doing what is wrong. Ask yourself: would God approve of the method I am using to accomplish my goal?

We must pity Jacob in every respect. Having listened to the mother and played along, he paid dearly for his actions afterwards: He never saw his mother again; his brother wanted to kill him; his uncle, Laban, deceived him; his family became torn by strife; Esau became the founder of an enemy nation and he was exiled from his family for years.

Ironically, Jacob would have received the birthright and blessing anyway (Gen. 25v23). Imagine how different his life would have been, had he and his mother waited for God to work His way, and in His time.

In Nigeria, not very many people spend time thinking about actions before they embark on them. It seems that some are propelled by the thought: ‘the end justifies the means’. What a child of God, in every given situation, should ask is: does God approve of this action or method I want to use to reach my goal?

There is nothing wrong in getting an employment, an admission or wealth. But should it come with ‘bottom power’ (promiscuity), rituals, etc.

I believe, and strongly too, that whatever God promises an individual would come to pass. Sometimes, it could be delayed but ultimately it would not be denied. God’s time is in contradistinction with man’s. If Rebekah had thought deeply about God’s word to her: “Your older son will serve your younger son”, she would not have gone out of her way to help God.

Therefore, any methods we use in accomplishing our life goals would, sometime, someday, be paid for dearly, if God does not approve them.

Let us have the assurance that God loves us and has planned good things for us this year. We need to be patient, prayerful and allow Him to fulfil His purpose in our lives.

Ven. Ernest Onuoha
Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Retreat Centre,
Delta State.

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