You and I can’t reach into our children’s hearts and move that pointer around to the right direction. Our prayers for our children and grandchildren should take their cue from how God deals with Jacob personally. Prayer is to be the first resort.
“So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, …”
Esau’s disobedience is his own responsibility. We see a pattern in him of rejecting his father’s pattern for life, the wisdom that Isaac wanted to impart to his sons (even given the folly we see in Isaac, we know he loved the Lord and walked in faith).
And too, we see here obedience from the other brother, Jacob.
Jacob doesn’t magically become a paragon of virtue. We will continue to see that he is a tricky man – But that gives us all hope, because God calls people from all walks, from all personalities and character traits.
And Jacob here really starts to wrestle (and soon to physically wrestle) with God and His purposes for him.
“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.'”
God repeats to Jacob His promises that He gave to Abraham. What a wonderful God we have, that He would choose a man like Jacob – That He would choose a one like me!
* Father God,
Thank You for calling us, for calling each of us, from darkness into light. From dead hearts to new birth, from blind enemies to seeing disciples.
Please help us each day to walk before You. Please write Your word on our hearts each day, that we might glorify You.
Thank You Lord for Your love. May our love in turn be grounded in Yours.