"Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them. When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents. Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, "Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished." Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, "First sell me your birthright." Esau said, "Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?" And Jacob said, "First swear to me;" so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright." - Genesis 25:26-34

The name "Jacob" means deceiver. Jacob was crafty, tricky and skilled in the ways of manipulation. He was the kind of person who had dreams and ambitions and was always looking for an angle. He wanted a blessing.

The biblical definition of "blessing" describes the transfer of divine favor and authority, from one individual to another.

To be blessed by God means that we receive from God something that we have no ability to generate on our own. However, the only way we can get that kind of blessing is through brokenness . . . the realization that our self-sufficiency, our willpower, and our talents are not enough!

Jacob learned this the hard way. He got his blessing, but it was more than he bargained for. God blessed him by wrestling with him, shaping his character and changing his name from deceiver to "Israel," which means "wrestles with God." Jacob realized that what he received was more than a blessing, it was about passing that blessing on to the next generation.

Imagine the blessings we can receive, when we give up our sinful ways, repent and are reconciled to God. Then, we will be ready to receive the blessing of God . . . and we'll soon realize that it's about what we give to others, not just what God gives to us!


BLESSINGS by Laura Story

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

Lord, we so desire to be blessed by You. Help us to realize we have work to do before we can receive that blessing. First we must acknowledge that we are sinners in need of Your grace and love. Then we must repent of our sins. When we are made right with You, then You will rain down upon us, blessings untold. We are anxious for our blessings, Lord. Bless us today! Amen.
Jun 10 2018