THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS


DAILY DEVOTIONS

HI!

A newspaper ad read:
"Lost dog. Brown hair, with several bald spots. Right leg broken due to auto accident. Rear left hip hurt. Right eye missing. Left ear bitten off in dog fight. Answers to the name 'LUCKY.'"

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SCRIPTURE_____________________________________________________

Gen 33:8-16
8 And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.
9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.
10 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.
11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.
12 And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.
13 And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.
14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.
15 And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord.
16 So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.
KJV

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THOUGHT_________________________________________________________

There are two important principles in this story.

Essau had seen all the gifts that Jacob had sent, but he wanted to refuse them. Jacob insisted that he take them because they were evidence that "God hath dealt graciously with" him. This is the first principle: blessings come from GOD!

The Bible says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)
All blessings come from God. We should never try to attribute them to hard work, wisdom or luck. Let us acknowledge that God grants us gifts because He loves us!

And when we are able to share with others, let us acknowledge that WHAT we share are blessings from GOD.

Secondly, look at the idea of protection. Essau offered to escort Jacob through the land.
His offer meant he was willing to be Jacob's protector. His offer might keep him away from home quite some time. This is a generous offer, and kind.

However, Jacob realized he had GOD as his PROTECTOR, and didn't need another.
Rather than TELL that to Essau, he said he didn't want to hinder Essau with the slow process of moving his caravan. He told Essau to go ahead, and he and his family would follow.

Now whether Essau HEARD it or not, two mighty principals have been demonstrated to him in this meeting.
First, blessings come from God - not by might, power, work, luck or intelligence.
Second, God is all the protection a Christian needs.

"Let the redeemed of the LORD say so..." (Ps 107:2)
Let us acknowledge God in all we do, and acknowledge that He is the source of all our blessings. Let us acknowledge that Jesus is what we need, and that He provides ALL we need.

Love ya!
Bruce