If you’ve ever made a decision that came back to bite you, you’ve known the sting of regret. If you’ve ever taken a risk that wasn’t worth the reward, you’ve known the sting of loss. If you’ve made these decisions within the context of your own family, you’ve probably known just how serious the fallout can be.
As a mother, I’m sure Rebekah would attest to this reality. Rebekah plotted with her favorite son, Jacob, to strip from Esau the all-important blessing of the firstborn – and their plan worked. Esau was angry about losing his father’s blessing… so angry that he threatened to kill his brother!
“When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, ‘“Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”’ (Genesis 27:42-45, NIV, emphasis mine).
When Rebekah devised her scheme to deceive her husband and pit one of her sons against the other, she was taking an enormous risk. Even so, I wonder if she ever imagined in her wildest dreams that her actions would cost so much. We may never know, but there’s no doubt that her actions underscore this one important truth: when you play with fire, you – and sometimes those around you – get burned.
The deceptive scheme Rebekah and Jacob executed in the span of one day had consequences that lasted a lifetime. The same is often true for us – but there is hope.
If your family has experienced the fallout of deception, favoritism, or the like, remember that the same God who has the power to calm the winds and the waves is mighty enough to bring peace to the storm that wages within your family. If you’ll come to Him and ask Him to search your hearts and know your thoughts, He can guide your footsteps in the way you should go (Psalm 139:23-24). The journey may be hard. The road may be steep, but the path to reconciliation is just ahead. Start today. Walk the path.
Dale Pyne – CEO, Peacemaker Ministries
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