Blessed By The Lord
We have read about two times of blessing in Jacob's life (Genesis 28:10-22; Genesis 32:22-32). Here's a third time when the Lord blessed him (Genesis 35:9-12). The Lord's blessing doesn't come only once. He blesses His people again and again. He leads us on to a closer walk with Himself. The blessing of God doesn't pass automatically from one generation to another. Isaac had been blessed by God. Esau turned away from God. He missed out on God's blessing. The blessing of God is not to be taken for granted.
Jacob "struggled with God" before he was "blessed" by God (Genesis 32:28-29). The blessing of God comes to us as we live in obedience to Him - "whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother" (Matthew 12:50). When the Word of God comes to us, Jesus says to us, "He who has ears, let him hear" (Matthew 13:10). As we receive God's Word in obedient faith, our knowledge of God increases. As we get to know Him better, we desire to Him in even greater depth - "Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance" (Matthew 13:12). There is, however, also a warning - "Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him" (Matthew 13:12). To despise the blessing of God, like Esau did, is to become like "the wicked man", described in Psalm 10:1-11.