Daily Devotion: Genesis 27:13 – 11/17 (2024)

The End Justifies the Means?

His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.” (Genesis 27:13)

The end justifies the means. It is a fairly common way of living today that says how I achieve my goals, get what I want isn’t as important as attaining those things. Looking at our reading today, we see that idea that the end justifies the means is by no means a new concept.

You get the impression that was the philosophy that Rebekah and Jacob were working with. Isaac was going to give to Esau the blessing even though God was clear in telling Isaac and Rebekah that the blessing should go to the younger son Jacob. The end result that Rebekah and Jacob were working with was that Jacob was supposed to get the blessing. So, by any and all means, that was going to happen. And what they resorted to was sinful trickery and deception that would further tear a family apart that was already ripping apart at the seams.

Do you see that same attitude in your life? Do you have some goals, some thing that just needs to get done no matter what, that you feel is so important that how one gets there isn’t as important as making sure it happens? Often times, that attitude leads to sin, the same place Rebekah and Jacob ended up.

You see, God cares as much about the attitude and the motivation behind the actions as he does about what happens. With this sad story in Isaac’s family, God still used these sinful actions on the part of Rebekah and Jacob to accomplish his will. But his will would have been done even if Rebekah and Jacob had chosen some other way than to sin in order to obtain the blessing. After all, God had promised that the blessing and the promise of a Savior would be through Jacob, not Esau.

Take a few moments to examine the attitudes and motivations that lie behind your actions and your desires. Repent where sin is found. Look to your Savior and the forgiveness he has paid for you. Then have that grace of God guide not just your attitudes and desires, but your actions in life as well.

Prayer: Almighty God, you make me both to will and to do those things that are good and acceptable in your sight. Let your fatherly hand ever guide me and your Holy Spirit ever be with me to direct me in the knowledge and obedience of your Word that I may obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.

Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 27-28
Click here to read it online.

Check out Pastor Kratz’s thoughts on this reading on the “What Does This Mean?” blog by clicking here.

(Prayer adapted from “For Divine Guidance (187),” Pastoral Care Companion, pg. 631. Published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO: 2007)

Daily Devotion:  Genesis 27:13  –  11/17 (2024)


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