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Contrasts, by Cath Thorlakson

Read Genesis 26

“Then Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings. And the man became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and distinguished….

…Now Esau was 40 years old when he took as wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite. And they made life bitter and a grief of mind and spirit for Isaac and Rebekah.”

                                                                                          Genesis 26:12-13; 34-35

Approximately 20 verses apart, we see a slice of real life. On the one hand, God was blessing Isaac, but on the other hand was Esau. He and his wives Judith and Basemath were making Isaac and Rebekah’s life bitter.

This is the contrast of life. Perhaps God allows it because it keeps our feet on the ground.

When things are going well, it is easy to get mixed up and puff ourselves up thinking that we have just done all the right things.

For me, seeing that the same person that God was blessing was also coming under fire through his son and daughters-in-law reminds that it is not about me. It is just about what God chooses to do…and it is still worth it to be faithful!

Can you keep it in balance? Is God blessing you somehow in your life or ministry? Thank Him. Is there something making your life bitter at the same time? Pour out your heart to Him…but keep it in balance. Those whom the Lord loves and blesses, also face opposition and experience pain. Sometimes we feel one more strongly than the other, but whatever you feel most, God is still at work.

Keep your view balanced. Thank Him for the blessing. Let it be a balance for the pain and draw near to Him. He will draw near to you and go with you through it all.

2009-07-25T08:06:40+00:00July 25th, 2009|Devotionals, Our Blog|1 Comment

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  1. Reni August 6, 2009 at 11:15 am - Reply

    This was something I had really thought about before in this way. I do think that life many times is bitter-sweet and we must keep balance. One thing I do know for a fact is if we take our eyes off Jesus both bitter and sweet become impossible for us to handle.

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