Today’s Scripture: And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. Genesis 25:23

God told Rebekah that the elder son would serve the younger. Yet, Rebekah saw that Isaac loved Esau more than Jacob. She thought there was no possible way Isaac would bless Jacob over Esau, so she devised a plan to deceive him. When Esau was in the field, Rebekah told Jacob to get two goats, and she would prepare them for him to give to Isaac. Jacob knew that his father would recognize his voice. He also realized he was not hairy like his brother. Rebekah gave him the skins of the goats to deceive his father. Through this disguise, Jacob tricked his father into giving him the blessing intended for Esau.

What was the result of this deception? Not only did Jacob have to flee for his life, but years of bitterness and hatred also lingered between the brothers. Later, when Israel was leaving Egypt, the Edomites would not allow them to pass through their land. All of this occurred because Rebekah failed to allow God to work out His will in His way. Like Rebekah and Jacob, we will cause ourselves much sorrow when we try to force God to fulfill His promise according to our will.

God had promised Abram that his seed would be as the sands of the sea and the stars in the sky, yet he was old and without a son. Sarai told Abram to take her handmaiden, Hagar, in order to bear a child. Thus, Ishmael was born, and much heartache and problems arose throughout history because of his birth.

Whenever we try to make God’s promise happen our way, we will find that our “solution” only causes greater problems. Instead of trying to rationalize God’s promise into our situations, we need to realize that God’s promises are often supernatural. We need to realize He will bring them to pass when it is His time. Fulfilling God’s promises to us is His job, not ours. Trust Him to work out His plan, and you will save yourself much unnecessary heartache.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder