Blurred Vision

 Genesis 27:1-4 “And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die” (KJV).

A great beginning will not always produce a great ending. This is a lesson taught throughout the Scriptures. Isaac was a man blessed greatly by the Lord, he had an excellent beginning, yet near the end of his life he was living under a dim cloud.

Sins that he committed that clouded his judgment:

  1. He put himself ahead of the Lord. Isaac was sure the he was going to die soon, yet his greatest desire was to enjoy a good meal. A meal cooked by his favorite son and chef. Remember that when Isaac’s father Abraham was preparing for his death, his only concern was to find a bride for his son and fulfill the covenant promise.
  2. He disobeyed God’s command. Before the boys Esau and Jacob were born, God had told Isaac and Rebekah that Jacob, the youngest son, was to receive the covenant blessing; yet Isaac planned to give the blessing to Esau.
  3. He lived by his feelings. Isaac was blind and apparently bedfast. His condition should have made him rely and trust on God and seek His help. Instead, Isaac rejected the way of faith and depended on his own senses; taste, touch, hearing, and smell. Proverbs 19:21 “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand”.

Reflection

God has His purpose and plan for each life. It is our responsibility to accept that purpose and plan. Often times the end of life reveals the life… P. T. Barnum’s last words were “How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden”. [1] Napoleon cried out on his death bed “Army! Head of the army”1 Isaac, the man who meditated and prayed in the fields at evening and who petitioned God on behalf of his wife, wanted only one thing; a savory meal of venison.

Today we live in a society that tells us to take the easy road. Have you ever confided in someone when you were going through a difficult time or simply needed some encouragement, think back to the advice they gave you. More often than not, they simply told you to do something different or take the easy way out. Now, that is not always the case and I do not want anyone to ignore the advice of a friend. Fellowship is a gift God blessed us with, a gift that allows us to walk with someone during the highs and lows of life.

Problems may arise when we take our eyes off the Lord, let others influence us, and get off track from what the Lord called us to do. My point is simple, ensure the advice you are taking is in accordance with the Lord’s will. The easy road may not be the road He intended for us. You can’t climb to the mountain top without first preparing for the trip…which is done in the valley.

In Christ,

The Silent Preacher

 

[1] “Brain Candy Celebrity Quotes.” Dying Words of Famous People. Web. 6 Nov. 2014. <http://www.corsinet.com/braincandy/dying.html&gt;.

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