If your pastor, or a fairly close friend could be a fly on your wall, would they be shocked at your behaviour? When your partner says something none-too-complimentary about you, or someone eats your birthday chocolate that you’d been saving till after the weigh-in, or you have to make a phone call complaining about a stupid mistake in your bill, would you really want to be observed by someone outside the family?
Isaac and Rebekah had some curious habits, and their family life is portrayed in the pages of Genesis for all to read for ever more. Ooo – the Big Brother house for all time! Take Rebekah – snooping round (taking advantage of her husband’s blindness) listening in to private conversations and then doing the dirty on her own elder son. Then she incites her younger son to lie to his father and cheat his brother, and facilitates his escape from justice. The funny thing is, she thinks she’s right. God had given her a word before the boys were born, that the older would have supremacy, so of course he should have God’s blessing. She even spiritualized what Isaac had said, by adding that the blessing would be given ‘in the presence of the Lord’ (Genesis 27 v 7).
Viewing it from our perspective, it’s easy to say that she should have know better; that if God had promised to bless the younger boy, he would do it without any manipulation from her. God is able to keep his word without our help! But we all know it’s easy to get swept away in the heat of the moment, and any one of us can make rash assumptions about what is right or wrong when we are not thinking clearly. I’m just glad my every move is not being recorded for future generations!
But whilst Big Brother may not be a camera on the wall in my house, my loving Father is watching my every move. He knows when I make stupid decisions, or hasty reactions. He knows if I speak unkindly, or can’t be bothered to try harder. He hears the angry phone call, and even knows our motives when we do right for the wrong reasons. Maybe at odd moments of the day, I need to take a step back and ask myself the question, “What is God seeing right now?” That could change my perspective a tad!