Today's Manna

January 20, 2017
The Deceiver Is Deceived
by Christi Huff
Scripture Reading: Genesis 29

C.S. Lewis once said, “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘Alright, then, have it your way.’” There is little doubt as to which category Jacob belonged. Jacob had no problem using unscrupulous methods to obtain whatever he desired. Through his schemes, Jacob managed to rob his brother of both his birthright and Issac’s blessing.

In his endless conquest for personal gain, Jacob constantly seemed to ask, “What’s in it for me?” His tactics weren’t limited to his dealings with man alone; the final verses of Genesis 28 find him telling God that if He will be with him and keep him in the way that he is going, giving him bread and clothing so that he comes back to his father’s house in peace, only then will the Lord be his God.

It should come as no surprise to us that the Lord is not a God who bargains. We either come to Him the way He tells us to, or not at all. Jesus tells us in John 4:24 that those who worship God must do so in spirit and truth. In giving us His word, God had given us everything we need pertaining to life and godliness, namely in the person of His dear Son. By searching the Scriptures daily and coming to know Jesus on an intimate level, we can also know how He expects to be worshipped.

Is it any wonder that, after all of Jacob’s deception, he finds himself on the receiving end of deception in Genesis 29? On the morning following his wedding, Jacob discovers Laban’s scheme. Upon learning of the switch, there is no record that he petitioned the Lord to seek His will in the matter, only that he again bargained to get what he wanted, independent of God’s will. When God established marriage, He did so with one man and one woman; and the two shall become one flesh. There is no question that Jacob acted according to his own selfish desire and not the Lord’s.

Acting independently of God always has consequences, as evidenced by the contentious household of Jacob. Instead, why not submit completely? Claim Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”

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