THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A story has been told that the Chicago Bears were losing a football game.
At halftime, their coach Mike Ditka, wanted to graphically illustrate his concern for them and that they would remain tough and tenacious. He reached his hand into a bucket.
And when he removed it, a snapping turtle was securely clamped to the hand.
Ditka continue to lecture the team.
He assured them that any one of them could do the same if they were committed and determined.
Then Ditka asked for volunteers. After a few moments of silence, "The Refrigerator" (one of the team members) stepped forward. Ditka thanked him for his courage, and said he could proceed as soon as the turtle was pried from his hand.
"The Refrigerator" said, "No need to do that Coach. Just hold out your other hand, I'll bite IT!"
34 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:
35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.
This is a sad note on which to end the chapter, but it is a great lesson.
Sometimes at the highest spiritual times of our lives we must bear the most difficult agony. The news of Essau taking not one but TWO wives of unlike faith and heritage "..were a grief of mind unto Isaac and Rebekah."
Christian parents rear their children to the best of their ability, giving them every social advantage by teaching them spiritual values. But when they become "of age," sometimes they make wrong decisions.
Yes, we are to teach our children not to marry outside their faith. And we are to teach our children that marriage should be one man and one woman for one lifetime. However, once they grow old enough to make their own decisions, we cannot control them. We must then help them.
Note one thing of great importance here: the story of Isaac does not END, it goes ON. So often today, when Christians reach a pinnacle of faith, and then receive grief they cease to "go on." That is not the example of our faith heroes. (For a lesson on heroes of the faith see Hebrews 11.)
When troubles or worries get us down, our love for and faith in Christ picks us up and keeps us GOING ON!
"For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief." (Prov 24:16)
Continue in trust and obedience to God.
We may not always understand His plan, but we can hold to His Hand.