Power of Obedience

Genesis 28 v 1 So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman. Go at once to Paddan Aram, to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.” Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the  and go and brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.

Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Have you discovered how to bless your children and your spouse? There is something really powerful about speaking blessing over people. The Jewish people do this every week at Shabbat. We can learn a lesson from this.

Then Isaac commanded Jacob: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman”. Isaac was saying this because of Rebekkah who said her life would not be worth living if Jacob married a Hittite (see end of ch 27). So in absolute obedience to the command of his father, Jacob travelled to his family in the land of Paddan Aram. What happens there is that God gives Jacob a wife. He in fact gives Jacob the most beautiful wife, who becomes the mother of two beautiful boys, Joseph and Benjamin. Joseph is used by God to save the Jewish nation when the terrible famine comes on the land.

When we are obedient to God, we will reap the blessings that come with obedience. Has God spoken  to you in recent times and told you to do something? If so, get up go and do it. When we obey God, we sew the seeds that can produce blessing. Every action is one of sewing seeds. When we sew the seeds of discord or disobedience we move into a place where God just cannot bless. Seed produces seed of its own kind. You cannot sew in disobedience and reap in blessing.

My Prayer for you is that God will teach you to be obedient, and when you fail (as we all do all the time), apologise, confess and repent (turn away from the sin) and then go and do what you should have done. This way you rip up the seeds of disobedience and you replant with seeds of obedience which in due time will bring God’s blessing and favour. Remember some seeds take a long time to blossom and others are quicker.

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