"Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the sons of the east."
 
The word "went" in this verse is translated as a Hebrew idiom meaning lit. "lifted up his feet". It speaks of young man's response to divine encouragement. And as Jacob received encouragement from the Lord, his journey, many hundreds of miles long, seemed of no real trouble. Although possibly hampered at times by weariness, cold, hunger, danger from bandits, bumpy and treacherous roads, he "went" it seems with no real trouble. Led and empowered by the Spirit, he had a spring in his step. For we today, whether young or older in the Lord, it's He who helps to lift our feet as we continue in this tenuous walk in this world, our journey of faith, our eyes fixed on Him, the author and finisher of our faith.
 
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And he said, "Are you really my son Esau?' And he said, "I am."
 
As filled with stories of heroes and mighty men, the bible also tells of failures and defeats of men of God. Shrouded in mystery and intrigue, we look at with wonder as Jacob falls to utter deception and trickery in lying to his father Isaac, rather than trusting the Lord to work all things out. But within the heart of men, are all the same propensities and foibles that tripped up and motivated Isaac. This demonstrates our need for total dependence in the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, and to empower us that we may stay the course of trust and faith in the Lord, as we navigate the treacherous waters of life in this world.
 
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Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, saying "Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned His kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master's relatives."
 
Upon the arrival to his destination, Abraham's servant could only think of giving glory to the Lord who had successfully directed him to his destination. Thoughts of the long journey, on hot and dusty roads with temperamental camels in caravan, along with bandits and cutthroats made for a tenuous journey, all these were quickly forgotten. So too our journey as we traverse this world as aliens on this venture of faith the Lord has called us to. With great joy and triumph, tempered with hardship and trial, our eyes should remain fixed upon Him, with our final destination in mind, our lives giving glory to Him.
 
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"Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming."
 
As Isaac went out to ponder, to muse or wait upon the Lord, he lifted up his eyes and as it was, gazed I believe, into the face of God. Revealed in the pinks and oranges and the purples of the darkening sky, the setting sun revealing the glory of the Lord that brought peace and hope and a new found rest in the faithfulness of God. For Isaac, the Lord's answer lay close upon the horizon. For us today, it's much the same, although we too often miss God in the sunburst of daybreak, the full moon rising and illuminating the night sky, and yes, the glorious sunset and the twinkling stars, all declaring the glory of God. Busyness, rush, worry, discouragement, tiredness, all seek to rob God's people of the face to face encounters that await us in varying ways. Child of God, go seek Him today for all He has for you.
 
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Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together.

As father and son walked to the place of worship, Isaac asked his father where the lamb was for the burnt offering. To Abraham's credit, his unwavering trust and faith now lay upon God, who he considered, was able to raise people even from the dead. (Hebrews 11:19) Some two thousand years later, the Father did provide the Lamb of God, who would take away the sins of the world. Jesus came and was crucified, He died and rose again on the third day for the sins of all those who would believe in Him. Abraham we see, would offer up someone he counted so precious, and its in this precursor, we see the Lord offering up His all for us.

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