We have been looking at the scriptures found in Genesis 27 to discover what happens when our vision grows dim. When Isaac’s vision grows weak, we find him relying on his other senses. This will work in the physical world, but not in the spiritual.
We looked at the scripture last week where Isaac was about to bless Esau, but before he blessed Esau, Isaac longed for one more taste of venison and sent Esau away to hunt and prepare this for him. He was longing for one more taste of this world before he did what he was supposed to do.
We concluded last week with this thought, “How many times have we put off what God has called us to do for one more taste of this world?” When we postpone doing what God has called us to do, or we allow our other senses to take us away from our vision, it allows the enemy to get in and mess up the plans.
In Isaac’s case the enemy comes in the form of his wife Rebekah. She overhears Isaac’s plan to bless Esau and she wants Jacob to get the blessing. She devises a plan to trick Isaac by fooling his other senses. She couldn’t fool Isaac’s vision, but sense his vision had grown dim she could manipulate his other senses.
If we look at verses 15 and 16 and then verses 21 through 27, we see how the enemy, or in this case Rebekah and Jacob, got around Isaac’s other senses. This would not have happened if he had not lost his vision. I keep saying this because I want to drive home the importance of spiritual vision. I know that we can’t help losing our physical sight, but we have to hold onto and pursue our spiritual vision.
In verse 22, we see Isaac’s hearing alert him that something isn’t right, “…The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s.” The problem is Isaac trusted what he felt over what he heard. There are too many of us today that are trusting what we feel over the Word of God that we hear. We hear how Peter walked on the water, yet we feel like we don’t have enough courage to get out of the boat. We hear how Jesus fed thousands with a little boy’s lunch, yet we feel like we don’t have anything to give. We hear how David took down the giant Goliath with a sling and a stone, yet we feel like we don’t have enough strength to fight. We hear how Jesus will turn our situation around if we will trust Him, yet we feel the pride of having to admit that we can’t do it on our own. We have to remember that it doesn’t happen by feeling, it happens by faith.
I want to conclude this study by discussing how Isaac’s other senses failed him. In verse 25, we see Isaac’s sense of taste fail him – He couldn’t tell the goat meat from wild venison. In verse 27 we see his sense of smell fail him – Jacob dressed in Esau’s clothes and that is what Isaac smelled. In these scriptures we see the enemy get into Isaac’s family after he lost his vision, the enemy easily got around all of his other senses.
I have used Isaac’s physical sight to relate to you the importance of our vision, but the truth is that our sight and our vision are two different things: Sight is what we see and vision is a truth communicated to us by God. 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Some out there have let their vision grow dim. You have let your relationship with God become dependent on your other senses. It is time to get your vision back. It is time to renew your faith. Don’t let the enemy steal what God has given you. Until next week be blessed and be a blessing.