Genesis 27:21 “Then Isaac said to Jacob, ‘Come closer so I can touch you and make sure that you really are Esau.”
My thoughts: Jacob’s mom, Rebekah “covered his arms and the smooth part of his neck with the skin of the young goats” (Genesis 27:16). He used manipulation to position himself for a blessing never intended for him. Pursue authentic devotion, not manipulative apparel. God created us in His own image, not so we would dress like our brother, but so we would be a reflection of Him! Unlike Isaac, God can see behind our disguise. We must remember that God does not love us for who someone else is. He loves us for who we are. Do we fear intimacy with God because it might expose the position of our hearts? Are we really who we say we are, or do we wear a disguise as someone we think we are? The greatest men and women of faith allowed God to mold them. They didn’t pursue the apparel of people devoted to God, but pursued a real relationship with God! Their close walk with God resulted in great works! We look a certain way because we eat a certain way! People wonder why Smith Wigglesworth performed great miracles. It was because he always ate of God’s Word and prayer! He did not look for a shortcut to success. He pursued God! Through his pursuit of God, he discovered his purpose in God. Most Christians want the plans and purposes without the sincere pursuit. Purpose is found on our knees, in a place called surrender. Purpose is found at the end of ourselves, when all we want is God! God is calling us to come closer. He sees us for who we are and wants us to know Him for who He is! Our position before God is based on our nearness to Him. Jacob dressed us as his brother to receive Issac’s blessing. We don’t have to play “dress up” around God to receive his approval. We should only come as we are. God does not take pleasure in pretend Christianity. He is looking for authenticity! Yes, we must “work hard” to receive God’s approval (2 Timothy 2:15)! Leonard Ravenhill once said “Everyone wants to have my mantle but nobody wants my sackcloth and ashes.” We cannot be someone great in God unless we are willing to pay the price of surrender. Without sincere devotion and closeness to God, our attempts to know Him are in vain! It is time that we let God expose all of the deadness inside. Do not be afraid of transparency before God. We can’t hide from Him anyway. He saw Adam and Eve hiding in the garden. He sees the people that hide behind their brother’s clothing. Can you not hear the Father calling “Come closer so I can touch you”?
The message “Born to Be Wild” by Damon Thompson was an inspiration to me while writing this devotional. If you are interested in watching it, here is the link:
This is one of the most life changing, powerful messages I have ever heard. I encourage you to give it a listen!