tricksy

hot topic: trick or treat

All of us want treats and blessings – take the good and leave the bad!  I read this morning about how Jacob dressed up in his brother’s clothes to pretend that he was Esau, attempting to trick his dad into believing that he was Esau.  With his mom’s help, Jacob’s efforts worked and he received his father’s blessings through being tricksy.

I used to wonder about why God would “reward” this kind of deceptive behavior – seems really unfair and inconsistent with God being just.  After some long reflection & consideration, I’ve come up with a few thoughts that might be helpful:

  • Jacob’s deception was really quite expensive:  he was ostracized from his family & came to live with an extremely manipulative & deceptive uncle for close to two decades;  it also appears that he never attained the closeness he once had with his family & particularly with his mom
  • by Jacob receiving his dad’s blessing, we clearly see that God blesses us not because we’re worthy, we’ve earned it or because of our “birth right”, but simply because God loves us inspite of ourselves rather than because of ourselves

God redeems our “tricks” and transforms them into “treats” 🙂

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tricksy, I say!

If the devil can get you to question or doubt God’s character than you’ve moved into a very dangerous place.  If you think about it, that’s exactly what the snake did to Eve in the Garden of Eden – question God’s motives and character.  Consider this:  God is love, so God is always loving.  When we think that God is sometimes unfaithful, unreliable or not helping us, then we’ve already eaten the apple with which the snake was tempting Eve.  Some things about God that never change, regardless of how we feel or what we’re going through:  God is love, all-powerful, ever-present, our Helper, all-knowing and steadfast.  Don’t fall for any decptions that might cause you to think differently about who God is in your life! 🙂

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