From: David Kabanje
Date: February 2
Subject: GMU: Giving God His place


Jacob: Giving God His place

Beautiful People, 

I apologize for my absence; I was sick. Last week, we started a journey on “story-ownership,” which we defined as the process of taking our narratives back from Satan and trusting them into the hands of Jesus Christ. It’s the process of going from death to life. I am fixated with Jacob’s narrative because it illustrates “story-ownership.” Jacob’s story began with a miracle. “Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant” (Genesis 25:21). Jacob and Esau were miracle babies; however, Heaven had diverging paths for their narratives. One would rule the other. If you read the stories of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, you will find a common theme—God and His promises.

To each patriarch, God either bestowed or continued His faithful promises; however, at different times in their faith walk, each patriarch decided when and how these blessings would occur. Every time they chose to control their narratives with their finite comprehension and earthy wisdom, bad things happened. The great deception of the enemy, Satan, is to deceive us into thinking that we are the gods of our lives, gods that know what is good. The deception introduced into the human narrative in Eden is a present trap for us today. We were not meant to be gods over our lives, there is only one God, and He is good; He is love.     

In his pursuit to control his life and capture the blessing meant for his brother, Jacob deceived his father in darkness. Isaac was blind, and the coconspirator in this action was Rebekah, Isaac’s wife. Rebekah knew that Jacob would rule over Esau one day, and she snatched the opportunity to force the blessing onto Jacob prematurely. This act broke the family unit. What would have happened if Jacob and Rebekah waited for God to act? What would have happened if they decided to trust in God’s faithful character? We don’t know. We know that their actions ruptured the family and created an environment of bitter hate. God has a specific plan for each of us. We are special to Him, the apple of His eye. His plan for you is so unique and precious that it threatens the devil. As we retake our stories back from the enemy, my prayer for each of us is to be patient with God’s timing and trust that He sees the big picture. Let your narrative be saturated with God’s presence and your surrender to His sweet will.