Friday, April 24, 2020

Our God of Second Chances

By: Sarah Geringer 

So Jacob went over and kissed him. And when Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he was finally convinced, and he blessed his son. He said, “Ah! The smell of my son is like the smell of the outdoors, which the Lord has blessed!
Genesis 27:27 NLT

This week, I read the account in Genesis 26:17-27:46 when Rebekah encouraged Jacob to steal Isaac's blessing from Esau. I noticed how many opportunities they both had to turn around and stop sinning:

·         Slaughtering animals

·         Preparing a stew

·         Preparing animal skins

·         Dressing Jacob up in Esau's clothes

·         Laying goat skins on Jacob so he would feel hairy

·         Carrying the food to Isaac

·         Lying to Isaac three times, even bringing God into it (27:20)

·         Kissing Isaac--the last chance to tell the truth. (Just like Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.)

If you know the story of Jacob and Esau, this is the point when everything unraveled. Decades of strife and misery followed. It reminds me a little of the first sin in the Garden of Eden--Adam and Eve really had no clue what destruction they were causing.

Sin makes us sick. It always causes more damage than we expect. It always creates more damage down the road, and it nearly always spills over onto others.


God gave Jacob several new chances after this dark episode. He wrestled with him in the wilderness. He refined Jacob's spirit with hard work and suffering. He protected Jacob from harm at Esau's hand, and eventually brought them back together in peace.

Jacob didn't deserve another chance. But God blessed him richly. God made Jacob the father of the twelve tribes of Israel, who became God's chosen family.

What an incredible honor!

If you're like me, you've had times in your life when you had many moments to change your mind before you sinned. To back up. To turn away. To flee. But you kept pushing forward to get what you wanted. Then you realized the pleasure was short-lived, and you suffered much longer than you ever thought possible in that moment.


He is your Redeemer. He has washed your sins in the blood of the Lamb, Jesus. He is the God Of Second Chances. He has greater things in store for you, more than you can dream!

In this text, we can see the importance of obedience. We can see what God expects of us, and we can see the costs of not obeying him. If we obey the first time, we avoid those long-lasting, heartbreaking consequences of sin. May this devotion inspire you to walk a path of obedience.

Questions for you:

Can you relate to Jacob's story? Has God given you a second chance that you didn't deserve?

What is the best BUT GOD story in your life?

What specific steps are you taking to walk in obedience to God this weekend?

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,

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