Saturday, July 15, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Comforting Oneself With Evil

Saturday July 15

Bible Reading:     Gen. 27: 41 - 46
Topic:                  Comforting Oneself With Evil

When Esau saw that he had lost the blessing to his devious brother, he comforted himself with an evil plan to murder him after the death of their father.

Rather than reverse his own misfortune, the only effect of his crime would be to deny both his brother and himself their father's blessing.

On her part, Rebekah continued to cunningly manipulate her husband Isaac for the benefit of her favoured son.

She decided to send Jacob to Laban her brother for his safety from Esau's murderous plan but convinced Isaac that it was to prevent him from marrying one of the pagan women like Esau had done.

Rebekah was neither repentant of using human strategies to achieve divine purposes not was she prepared to give up scheming to get her own way.

Many people - even Christians - behave like Rebekah

They scheme to get their way and cover up their actions with sanctimonious language meant to convince people of their spirituality.

Some are like Esau who blame others for their sins and seek to get even.

Both antidotes are wrong.

We must learn to own up our mistakes and faults, repent and ask God for forgiveness and give Him control over our lives, that things may go well with us

Create in me a pure heart O God and renew a right spirit within me, Amen.

Memory Verse             Gen. 27: 41
"And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father hath blessed him; and Esau said in his heart: The days of mourning for my father are at hand, then will I slay my brother Jacob"

Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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