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"Isaac was on his deathbed, at least he thought he was. The truth was, he was 135 years old and would live another 45 years. In Genesis 27:35 we read his words to Esau: “Your brother came in and tricked me. He has taken your blessing.”

"A blessing was irreversible and irrevocable. Isaac could give Esau a secondary inheritance, but Jacob had already cashed the check. Verse 41 says, “Esau said in his heart, ‘…I will kill my brother.’”

"Jacob skedaddled. Jacob purloined the blessing, but… his family was splintered, he was without a home, he had to run for his life, his twin wanted to kill him, he had betrayed his father’s trust, and he, as far as we know, never saw his mother again. All because he took a shortcut. He couldn’t wait on God to do what God had promised."

From Mike: I admit that I'm not a patient person so I'm often tempted to take shortcuts. Seems like God did not spend much time with me when he handed out patient. 

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

I believe we all are given the fruit but in different measures. When we pray and hand something over to Him we need to practice Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God.”  If patience is practiced, He will work it out. The result may not be totally to our liking but that gives us the opportunity to practice faithfulness and trust in Him. Proverbs 3:5-6"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." TRY IT! IT WORKS!


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