It took some time, but in the end, we see Isaac finally come around to God’s plan of carrying on the promises through Jacob, not Esau. While the first blessing of his youngest son was compelled through deception, here we see the patriarch freely offer his blessing. It might be easy to miss this detail sandwiched in between such a compelling story around it. Just before this, we see Esau seething in anger, wanting to kill his twin brother. And just after this we read of Jacob’s first encounter with God during his travels. But we have much to learn from Isaac’s blessing here.
Yes, Isaac made a mistake earlier in attempting to bless Esau despite God’s revealed will for Jacob to be the one to carry on the family covenant. And yes, his family was divided and in strife. But here we see the patience and grace of God. God continued to work on Isaac’s heart and gave him time to obey. And God is just as patient and gracious with us in our slowness and disobedience.
What disobedience do you need to confess to God today? Repent and thank God for His grace and patience toward you.