Saturday, 6th July, 2019
Reference text: Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29
Genesis 27:1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.
When we watch any rescue operations in a movies, if a captured soldier expects to be rescued, the very first statement they often make to their colleagues after they free them of their restraints is ‘WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?’ That is the very same question we might want to throw to Isaac as we wonder what took him so long to make the decision to call his sons to himself?
He waited till he was literally ‘blind’ in both eyes before throwing that invitation. It is very possible that he assumed his familiarity with both sons while he could see would guarantee his ability to identify either even without his sight, but how wrong he was. A cruel twist of events culminated in the blessings intended for Esau being pronounced on Jacob and even a flood of tears could not reverse that.
So if we are to attribute reasons for this outcome, two will stand out-
1. He took too long or
2. He had lost his sight.
While the former seems the most culpable, he misidentified his sons because he could not see. If he still had his sight, the delay would have made no difference, but that is not what happens. We are faced daily with decisions on what to do and when to do them. For many reasons, some of those actions are best left for later. However, some others have the tag ‘DO IT NOW’.
So find the things that need doing today: an apology, changing a bad habit, or forgiving. Sweetheart, such events should not be put off, do them now.