TIME AFTER TIME, destiny decisions are given to underdeveloped people—many of who appear perfect in the public eye.
But in their human moments, they crash.
David wept like a baby when he got to Ziklag and found that the Amalekites had sacked his camp. (1 Samuel 30:5-7)
JACOB and ESAU faced a colossal task—they lived in the shadow of their grandpa, Abraham—the father of faith.
They had heard stories of great men, but they did not know how to follow in their footsteps.
They did not know how to fulfil their dominion mandate.
WHEN REBECCA was pregnant, God told her that she has two nations within her – and she shared this with her husband, Isaac. (Genesis 25:23)
However, when the time of the blessing came, she did not remind him of the prophecy.
Instead, she told Jacob to pretend that he was Esau.
And when Jacob said that his father might find out and curse him, Rebekah said, "Let the curse be on me, my son."
She conspired with Jacob to prepare the meat for Isaac." (Genesis 27:13)
And Isaac pronounced the blessing despite knowing that it was Jacob.
WHEN ESAU found out that he had been cheated out of his inheritance, he wept like a baby.
He begged his father to bless him.
And Isaac said, "You will live away from the richness of the earth and away from the dew of the heaven above. You will live by your sword, and you will serve your brother. But when you decide to break free, you will shake his yoke from your neck." (Genesis 27:40)
All that Esau got was a blessing of Dominion—conditional approval—this quest became God's Will for his life.
TO WIN in life, you need to know your limitations and your enemy.
He knew that he had been given the blessing of Dominion, and he needed to work hard to make something out of it.
Esau had faith. He believed the prayer that he received and worked hard at his hunting strategies to acquire the blessing.
And hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some do not turn up at all – Sam Ewing.
A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. (Proverbs 13:4)
David knew his limitation. He understood his enemy. At Ziklag, he got the ephod and inquired of the Lord. (1 Samuel 30:7-8)
He showed his men how to seek God's face.
ESAU KNEW that he needed time, and he used it to rise to prominence.
He did not make noise, but he made progress.
Jesus slept in the boat that the disciples might use their faith. But they cried out, "Master don't you care that we perish?" (Mark 4:38)
In life, all you need is time.
Esau understood that time and chance happen to all men. (Ecclesiastes 9:11)
He seized the moment and worked towards achieving his purpose.
AT BETHEL, God revealed Himself to Jacob to wake him up and remind him of his identity. (Genesis 28:16-17)
To reach your God-given potential, you need a revelation from God.
You will, at times, have to go where you've never been.
Lazarus had to die for three days for Jesus to wake him from the dead. (John 11:1-44)
Peter walked on water with Christ, and he was never the same.
As something inside of you shifts for you to move forward, your faith will help you redefine your possibilities.
BRINGING IT TOGETHER
WHATEVER LIMITATIONS you face, you can climb over it. But something inside of you must shift.
The impression of difficulty will take a new meaning, and the birthing of this new thinking will cause a change in you.
When you express it, you’ll fulfil your dominion mandate, and others will do the same.
It will set you on fire to touch lives and change situations.