“Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him.”
Genesis 28:1 (ESV)
Like the fast-food chain that says, “hold the pickles, hold the lettuce” and “have it your way,” our American consumerist Christianity is heavy on the “blessing” and quite “lite” on the direction. Natural and spiritual adolescence desires all that Dad is willing to give us but many times is resistant to Dad’s authority. God I want your favor, but hold the commandments please. Dad, please buy me that new car, but will you get off of me about my grades and who I’m hanging around with – Geez!
Like Jacob, if we are going to see God’s covenant envelop us as it did our forbears (Abraham and Isaac), we must be willing to receive God’s direction. Other translations use the words charged, commanded, ordered. My coming to spiritual maturity means that somewhere along the way I pursued, understood and embraced the words of those who were my spiritual authority even when they told me things I didn’t want to hear.
“Stop listening to instruction, my son and you will stray from the words of knowledge.” (Proverbs 19:27 – NIV) God has placed specific, significant people in each of our lives – parents and pastors, mentors, teachers and coaches (natural and spiritual) who carry God’s delegated authority and who truly do have our best interest and will show us the way to life if we’ll receive their direction along with their blessing. Selah!