By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau.Hebrews 11:20
When I think about Isaac’s family, I generally think of a family that is dysfunctional. It gives me some hope for our own discombobulated life at times.
Genesis tells us that Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, heard from the Lord that the younger of her twin sons would rule over his older brother. God’s word would certainly come true, but Rebekah decided to intervene on Jacob’s behalf when it was time for Esau to receive his father’s blessing. Rebekah did her best to make sure God’s promise was fulfilled, but she didn’t allow God to work things out and her family was quite simply a mess.
You probably know the story, but if you need a refresher, click here and here.
This weekend, I was reminded of the need to take a step back at times. While in Phoenix, our vehicle’s electrical system went out. I mean there was no power. None. I called to have the battery tested and then we tried a jump start. Nothing.
Then a group of men from the RV park came over to help, one by one. In the end there were as many as six men gathered around our Tahoe, trying one thing and then another until one of them noticed the engine fuse box electrical ground was loose. Once the nut was tightened, the electrical system came to life and while I was there and engaged in the process, the solution came from others.
There are things I can’t fix, no matter how I try, and believe me, I’ve tried and like Rebekah, I’ve made a mess of things on my own.
This is one of the lessons of Faith. We believe God and expect Him to do the impossible.