Ziklag: My Own Worst Counselor | Genesis 27:42 | Devotional
Genesis 27:42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, "Your brother Esau is consoling himself with the thought of killing you.
The trick that Jacob played on his father was…well, tricky. Using his mother’s cleverly devised scheme, he convinced Isaac to give the oldest son blessing to him rather than his older brother. Needless to say, Esau was livid and consoled “himself with the thought of killing” Jacob.
Have you ever been…tricked? Hurt? Deceived? Have you ever had someone steal something from you? How have you…how are you…handling the action of the person who has wronged you?
Self-counsel is dangerous. Our focus is narrow, one-sided, and subjective. Self-counsel will always guide us toward our feelings and desires. The pain we feel will advise us to inflict pain in return. Seeking the counsel of God, His Word, and godly people will give us the perspective of the right path. Self-counsel will keep us on a dead-end trail of regret.
Father, when we are tempted to counsel ourselves, to console ourselves with the thought of revenge, open our heart to hear your voice in the midst of our emotions. Don’t let us stay on the dead-end trail of regret. In Jesus’ name. Amen.