And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
Our passage today is a very famous one that reads kind of like a soap opera. Mom favors younger brother over older brother. Dad is on his death bed and mom and younger brother deceive dad and steal the blessing from the older brother. Older brother comes back to discover what happens and vows to kill the younger brother once the father dies. Mom over hears and sends the younger brother away to her brothers to escape the older brothers plan. I could literally walk into the writer’s room at “Days of Our Lives” and pitch this idea today.
While all of these events are happening, God’s plan is also being worked out. Genesis 25:23 told us that the older son (Esau) would serve the younger son (Jacob). In Genesis 25:29-34 we saw Esau give Jacob his birth right for stew. Now through these crazy events, Jacob is the one who God is going to continue his promise to Abraham through. So as you read this today I want to give you two thoughts to ponder.
- God works through people despite their sin.
It is easy to glorify Jacob because God works through him to set up the nation of Israel but Jacob was not inherently good. God chose Jacob and we see the heart of a gracious God through this story. God is going to restore Jacob through faith along his journey but he did not pick him because he was good or righteous. If you have a relationship with Christ, you have that because of God’s goodness and grace through your faith in Jesus Christ not because you deserve it. He is what makes you good and any good works you do are because of God, so he is the one who deserves the glory.
2. Nothing stops God’s sovereign plan.
If Jacob’s mother hadn’t decided to put this scheme together and if Jacob was respectful to his brother, Jacob still would have ended up leading his family. It just would have looked different. God calls us and gives us the privilege to play a part in his sovereign plan to restore the world through the gospel. However, if you choose not to participate by sharing your faith, discipling others or acting on a specific call to ministry God will raise up someone else in your place. It is a privilege to be ambassadors for the King, it is not a right. He does not need you but he does want you to be a part of His plan.
By: Chad Wiles