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Now, like any medications we take there are always those unwanted side-effects we have to contend with. In the same way, when a church is taking a daily dose of God’s M.E.D.S. (missions, evangelism, discipleship, service) there will be side-effects as well; side-effects of both positive and negative problems due to growth and side-effects of problems due to external and internal persecutions.
Esau recognizes that the blessing has gone to Jacob and that Jacob is sent by their father, Isaac, to secure a wife from their descendants. Esau's response is to try and acquire what Jacob has received by doing something similar. It is a picture of what takes place when we are unwilling to receive God's blessing in the way that God has already ordained that we would receive it. Our sin leads us to use methods to secure God's covenant blessing--life--by utilizing our methods or means, when God has already established the means by which we receive his blessing from him.
Like the blind man, Bartimaeus, we are all in need of true healing. God's plan is not for you to suffer, but for you to live. Do not let the world hold you back. We all need his healing touch.
This Sunday we learned how the word of God is like refreshing water to our bodies. This water from God needs to penetrate past our flesh, bones, soul, and into our spirits. Without this water, our spirit is not fed, and we are more that likely to burn out.
Some problems become so difficult to live with that they motivate us to do something, even if it's wrong. In my family we even have a saying for it: “It ain't no good like it is.” Having a situation become so unacceptable that we are unwilling to live with it isn't all bad. It tends to motivate change. The only question is, what kind of change? If we're not careful, we can make a bad problem even worse. But, God has offered us a better way. 2Kings 6:24-7:11; Rom 6:16; John 10:10; Matt 11:28-30; 2Pet 1:3-4; 1Cor 10:13; Jas 5:16