Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Are You Trying to Fool God?

“Are you really my son Esau?’ he answered, ‘I am.’ Genesis 27:24

This quote is from Isaac while his son Jacob is deceiving him about his true identity. Isaac was looking for Esau to come in with a delicious dinner and then he was going to bestow a father’s blessing upon the oldest son. Instead, Jacob came in with Esau’s coat, dinner (with the help of mom) and hair pasted on his skin to assume the appearance of his brother and so steal the blessing of the firstborn from his father Isaac. The condition that allowed this deception to work was the bad eyesight of Isaac. He was not able to recognize his sons apart from voice, touch and smell. Because of this, Jacob was successful in snatching the blessing away from his brother Esau through deception. My friends, the Lord is not like Isaac. He is not fooled by our appearances or pretensions. God’s eyesight is perfect—even seeing into the heart of man. We would be foolish to think that we could come to God with our fake coverings of good works and the smell of religious attendance and still attain the blessing of the Almighty. The writer of Hebrews says it this way, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13). In other words, no one fools the Lord. He knows the depths of your heart. He sees your motivation. Don’t be misled, God knows completely and thoroughly your ways and thoughts. Today, I encourage you to come to the Lord with complete transparency, understanding that He is the God that saves sinners with His love and grace in Jesus Christ.

walking in grace, Pastor George

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