Regular nibbles from the Bible. . .come for a bite, leave with an appetite

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight. (Psalm 19:14, MSG)

Friday, January 11, 2013

TWISTS AND TURNS (Genesis 27-28)

Today I read the passages where Jacob stole Esau's birthright, fled Canaan in fear for his life, and received a vision of a ladder reaching up to heaven. 

The sense I received in reading this passage was that the covenant God gave Abraham hinged on Jacob. Isaac asked God to pass the blessing on to Jacob, before he left on his journey. Jacob recognized that he had a choice to make. After the vision of the ladder, he said he would call God his God if He did everything He promised.

God's plan to bless the world through Abraham's descendants hinged on a series of events beginning in Rebekah's womb and lasting for years to come. What a complex, human, personal twisting and turning of God's plan to benefit all of mankind took through Isaac and Jacob.

God knew all of that. . .and He risked it anyway.

It makes me wonder where the twists and turns of my journey will lead. I'm no Abraham nor Jacob. But God has plans for me and my influence beyond the confines of the nursing home. Only He knows how long and how far my life--and yours--will reach.


  1. Thank you!

    It occurred to me while reading that there are many times in the Bible that people run away in fear for their lives. We may not have the same kind of physical threats, but we have different ones, and we DO do a lot of running out of fear! At least, *I* do.

    Great blog, Darlene! :D As usual, you got me thinking!

  2. Your earlier comment to that effect is what made me put "come for a bite, leave with an appetite." I know what you mean about fear. I try now not to make decisions simply because the choice seems fraught with fear.

  3. Great blog, Darlene. Thank you so much for writing it. As always, your writing touched my heart. I am so thankful to God for the day I won your book and first met you. You personally as well as your books, have touched my life in a wonderful way. Your insight into God's word is water to my parched soul. Thank you!


  4. As I consider myself blessed, so blessed, to have met you. I am glad this touched your heart.

  5. Several years ago a female church staff member had an answering machine message I loved that said something like: There are 365 verses that tell us not fear or be afraid - one for each day of the year.

  6. Oh, I love it! I'm sure I'll run into a lot of those this year as well.