Part 9 of the Present day Patriarchs series.
Genesis 33:5 – And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.
Genesis 33:10 – 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 was pleased with me.
Genesis 33:11 – 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.
One of the significant highlights of the patriarchs was their view of God. They were called of God, led of God, worshipped God, and taught their children about God. The God factor in their lives is what produced all the favor that manifested. This is what separated them from every other leader in the world. They were built on and around God. God was their center.
This perception of God was powerfully prominent in their lives. They and their families understood this concept. Today it is common for a father to include God in their schedules, but not be built on God. God is there, He is liked, but He is not Lord
There is a vast difference between those two ways of living.To only include God is to exclude God. If He is nothing more than a spoke on your world wheel, you are limiting His will for your life. Father’s with this mentality have God when it’s convenient. If I have time to go to, or serve in my local church – great! If my schedule is already full of other activities and responsibilities, then I guess we will miss this week.
God is pushed to the outer fringes of your families focus, and generally becomes an afterthought. Your children will then develop this view of God which ultimately resulted in a family like Esau’s. Maybe they are talented, and educated; but they are ultimately without God. Their story isn’t His story. The end of the matter includes such characters as King Herod, who refused to vacate his throne to give control to Jesus. Herod is from Esau’s lineage. They are a people marked by a dethroned God.
Having God as the hub of your world wheel is the only biblical way to live. He is your source of power and your primary focus. All decisions, directions, and development; are based on God. God is first – everything else is secondary. Therefore, when your wheel is turning, you can’t see the spokes, but the hub is always visible. Your focus is on God.
God was the center and the source of their lives. Jacob makes this glaringly clear. He saw God in his brother. He claimed that his children were a gift from God. Jacob viewed his material wealth as being sent from God.
Jacob saw God in people. He knew all mankind was made in the image of God. This changed how he perceived people. To view humanity as image bearers of God will produce honor. You will tend to throw aside prejudices, biases, and baseless dislikes. Your children will value people. People matter to God so they should matter to us. This view of humanity in general will teach your children to love others. There was a lot of bad to see in Esau, but Jacob chose to recognize the bit of God evident in his life. See the good in people. Teach your children that we are all shaped in God’s image, humans have value and should be valued.
Jacob recognized that his children were given to him by God. They were on loan. How he raised and respected them was directly related to this revelation. They are special. They should be taught about their source. God, from an early age should be placed in the middle of their lives. Teach your children whom their lives should be built upon.
Jacob also realized his material blessing came from God. This changed his attitude and altitude. He looked at his belongings differently than most. Jacob decided since it has all come from God, I will be generous. Jacob gives Esau a few wagonloads of treasure. He was generous. This generosity flowed from his revelation of its source. I am blessed by God to bless the world. Teach your children generosity. Show them how to handle material blessings. Tithing and giving are the offspring of having God in the center of your life.
Jacob even proclaimed that he had enough. Contentment is rarely attained in our generation. But contentment is a biblical principle. Many hours are wasted chasing the all mighty dollar. Many priorities are misplaced in pursuit of more. Is what you have enough? Are you content with your social status? Contentment comes from Christ being the center of your worldly cares. A revelation of a reigning God produces a right view of money.
A man that is discontented is like the raging sea, forever surging and foaming but never attaining peace. You aren’t satisfied with your house, job, wife, etc. Life is chaotic and unbalanced. Troubled, you end up with mire and dirt, never quite obtaining your objective. A centered man can find contentment. With this contentment comes a priceless peace. Your family will feel settled when you finally center Jesus Christ.
Is God the center of your family, finances, and faith?
It’s all about God:
- Does your family understand that it’s all about God?
- Do you live ‘sent’ or ‘saved’?
- Do your schedule and checkbook reveal that God is in the center of your life?
- Are you content?
- How do you treat people less fortunate then yourself?
- Do you give faithfully to your local church and beyond?
- Do you tend to focus on the faults of others?
- How faithful are you to a local church? Do you give your time, talent, and treasure?
- Do you teach your children to seek out God’s will for their lives?
- Do recognize that your children are a blessing from God? And should be treasured and treated as such?
- How much of God is in your daily life?
- How often do you pray over big decisions? Do you ask God for direction?
- Do you submit well?
- Would you consider yourself thankful?