Monday 23 November, 2015

Genesis 28:6-9

6 Esau found out that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram. Isaac wanted him to get a wife from there. Esau heard that when Isaac blessed Jacob, he commanded him, “Don’t get married to a woman from Canaan.” 7 Esau also learned that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. 8 Then Esau realized how much his father Isaac disliked Canaanite women. 9 So he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath. She was the sister of Nebaioth and the daughter of Abraham’s son Ishmael. Esau added her to the wives he already had.

One of the things I absolutely love about studying the Bible is that I can read a passage that I have completely glossed over many times before, but if I reflect on it, God speaks.

As I read this little passage with an absurd detail about Esau’s choice of wife, it dawned on me that sometimes in the rat race of life, I try to copy what someone else is doing because they seem to be getting blessed.

I am naturally a fairly analytical person and I like to try to understand trends and interpret phenomena when they occur, and then when the trend or phenomena looks good, I try to work out how to learn from it and apply it. It seems reasonable.

God has spoken to me through this verse suggesting that there is wisdom in my approach, but that sometimes I miss an all-important step: Filtering the application through God’s hands.

I don’t believe that God wants us to go to him with every little day-to-day decision (like what to eat for a snack) but lately I have realised that I need to get better at being more in tune with the Holy Spirit in my decision-making process.

I think there have definitely been times in my life when I have wasted a bunch of time and effort pursuing something that was a great idea for someone else instead of just asking God what he wants.

Lord, thanks that you relate differently to every person as an individual. Help me to get better at knowing myself as I grow in my knowledge and understanding of you.

Written by Ps. Justin Ware

2 replies
  1. Andrew Wilson says:

    Perhaps it was your line about looking for trends, but I did note that Esau went to Ishmael to get a wife.
    Ishmael was the oldest son of Abraham but did not receive the blessing and later we were told lived in “hostility “.
    Esau was the eldest son but did not receive the blessing and responded with rage. Then later married Ishmael’s line.
    I’m worried about the gene pool.

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