Today’s Tasting: Genesis 27-29: Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau while on his deathbed. Isaac’s eyesight had diminished and he failed to recognize Jacob disguised as Esau. Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, had clothed Jacob in Esau’s clothing, so that he would receive the blessing that belonged to the oldest son. Isaac realized that he had pronounced his blessing over Jacob instead of Esau, and said, “He (Jacob) is blessed for good!” In other words, Isaac couldn’t retrieve his words. His words changed the course of history.
When he discovered what had happened Esau was filled with anger and bitterness against Jacob. He plotted to kill Jacob, but Rebekah told Jacob to flee to her brother Laban, who lived in another area. Isaac told Jacob to find a wife among Laban’s daughters.
On his journey, Jacob stopped to sleep one night and dreamed of a stairway that started on the ground and reached to the sky. Angels ascended and descended on the stairway. God spoke to Jacob in the dream and blessed him with land, descendants, and His protection. Then Jacob worshiped God with words of praise and acceptance. The Lord changed Jacob’s heart as he worshipped. “Surely the Lord is in this place … if God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I should go … then the Lord shall be my God” (Genesis 28:16-21 ESV).
Laban welcomed Jacob into his house. After a while, Jacob asked to marry Rachel, Laban’s daughter, but Laban tricked Jacob, just as Jacob had tricked his own father, Isaac. Laban wanted Jacob to marry his older daughter Leah first, so he switched the girls at the wedding and made Leah Jacob’s bride instead of Rachel. This trickery caused hardship for Jacob. He had to work for Laban for seven more years before he finally married Rachel, the one he loved.
Today’s Nourishment: Isaac spoke words to Jacob and Esau that changed their destiny. Jacob’s words of worship to the Lord changed his heart forever. Words exchanged between Jacob and Laban caused hardship for Jacob. All these words changed hearts, lives, and the course of history.
Our words have the power to change hearts, lives, and even history. It is said that sound travels for eternity. Therefore, our words are sound that continues to travel. Have you ever, like Isaac, spoken words that changed the course of someone’s life and that you wished you could retrieve? Have you ever, like Jacob, spoken words to esteem the Lord, which changed your heart? Have you ever, like Laban, spoken words that caused hardship to others?
Choose your words carefully today! What words will you speak that may change the course of your life, the life of a friend, or the lives of your family members? What words of worship will you speak to the Lord that may change your heart?
Words of worship: Lord, I speak words of worship to you. I worship you today. You are God and there is none like you in the heavens above or in the earth beneath. You are the one who keeps covenant with your people. I love you because you first loved me. I worship YOU. Praise you Jesus, for your completed work of salvation. Praise you, Lord that you are my God.
Share your words of worship in the comment section. Share some encouraging words with your family and friends. You may just change their lives and destinies.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Genesis 30-31
Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC