Summary: Making decisions based on the physical senses, rather than the Spiritual, will always deceive us.
Fooled By A Feeling
Genesis 27:21-22 (KJV)
21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. 22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
In the course of our lives we often long for something so much that we can meddle with things Divine in an effort to get ahead of the Lord. Usually this results in no good and we even miss the very thing we have tried to bring about. James 1:4 KJV
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
But sometimes the Lord in Heaven allows our little scemes to come to fullness only for us to find that the added baggage, our sinfullness toward God, corrupts what He had designed for us to be a blessing. To quote a sermon title by Brother Johnny Campbell, “You Got What You Wanted, But Lost What You Had!” What a shame!
Many people today are easily swayed by their emotions, they go with the feeling in other words: As their emotions go, so goes their spirituality!
Many lost souls have come to an alter under a emotional sermon and have not made a sincere “repentent” peace with God. This results in a profession without possesion.
Many have been saved by grace but are confused and doubt their salvation when the expected fireworks or visions from on high don’t overcome them!
Let us look for a little while at the events in the life of a little family in Chapter 27 of Genesis to see the results of depending on our physical senses when it concerns Spiritual Things! This is a story of how we may taint the blessings of God when we try to bring about His promises in our time frame rather than waiting patiently on the Lord. The Lord God, who cannot lie (Titus 1:2), will fulfill all of His promises but we may be surprised at what else we may bring about by our sins toward God. And by the way a sin is against God, see Joeseph when the woman came against him!
The greatest blessing of God in this life is that we are not saved, lost, kept, protected, punished, nor judged by the way that we feel. Sometimes I don’t feel very saved when the flesh acts up. We are beyond the opression of human emotion, yet we linger too close to the world and it’s trappings and are swayed by our feelings.
Let us heed the warning of our scripture and not be:
Fooled By A Feeling
A Loss of Sight Gen 27:1
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Isaac longed for the day that he might bless Esau so much that he got ahead of the will of God, a lack of Spiritual Sight.
His lack of Physical sight caused him to depend upon the other four senses but they too would let him down.
The 6th sense is not speaking to the dead, as made popular in movies, but rather speaking to God through the Holy Spirit dwelling within.
Decisions based upon emotion (senses) rather than the guidance of the Holy Ghost will always cost you more than you were ever willing to pay.
Physical blindness is no excuse for not seeing the and experiencing the will and peace of God.
Fanny Crosby never had sight in this world but she was able to see well into the next in her writing of many well loved hymns.
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight:
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
A Longing For A Taste: Gen 27:4
Psalm 34:8 (KJV)
8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
In Spiritual decisions do not let a taste for the world interfere with the will of God for your life.
The taste of the world will leave bitter after taste that is not worth the immediate pleasure.
The greatest mistake committed in the Church today is a longing a taste of the world when we have tasted of the Lord and know Him to be good.
How many good Christians have fallen into disfavor with the Lord by saying the same as Isaac, “let me taste of the world just one more time before I die!”
A Listening Family: Gen. 27:5
John 8:44 (KJV)
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.