It’s interesting that Jacob was a home body, loving the indoor life, because he ended up as a sheep herder, far from home. For Jacob, it might have been because he was his mother’s favourite or maybe because he was not his father’s favourite.
The boys grew up. Esau became an expert hunter, an outdoorsman. Jacob was a quiet man preferring life indoors among the tents. Isaac loved Esau because he loved his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. (Genesis 25:27-28, MSG)
Has that happened to you? You started out one way and got side-tracked into another? Do you ever ask yourself why? Does it matter?
Look at Jacob and Esau. Yes, the parents played favourites. Is it any wonder that Esau ended up giving up his birthright for a pot of lentil stew? He learned food loving from his Dad who seemingly only loved him for the kind of food he provided. Does that mean that Isaac wasn’t a good provider and left that job to his boy? Maybe! Meanwhile, Mommy Rebekah taught Jacob all she knew about manipulation and lying.
What are we teaching our children? Any Godly values in our repertoire? Do our little ones even know the Ten Commandments? Do we walk with Godly values so that what our children see us doing is what our children hear us saying? Or do we spout words like this? Don’t do what I do, just do what I say?
Prayer – Lord, help us train up our children in the way they should go, so that when they are old they will not depart from it. Amen (From Proverbs 22:6)