When my wife and I were expecting our second child, I was looking for a Jacob/Jake or Jaclyn knowing full well what those names meant – but we liked them and went ahead with Jaclyn!
She is now 21 one years old and still has not figured out what we get out of naming her deceiver, or deception.
There is a fine line, you might call it a spin, on being one for God or being one for evil.
I have been reading lately some amazing “out of the box” scripture passages that show how God used people to mess up the counsel of people and then “suggest” another form of counsel that would arrange the outcome He wanted to take place – sounds a bit like chess.
Now, I am a firm believer in the power of free will – and believe that we operate under free will. However, these scriptures really show how God can become involved in our lives, uninvited, to ensure His plan, favour, will, blessing and safety are provided for us when we need it most.
It’s like he has the vetoing vote on a Board – He stands as the last vote required when there is a need to break the tie – but its more than that. I believe He has an overruling hand in all votes and laughs at those who think their plans of harm towards His people will be sustained.
This is where deliberate deception came in – just like in the time of Jacob and Esau – God shows up at the right time – blinding minds and influencing hearts. What was right before has become wrong, what was wrong has become right and the confusion and chaos starts.
Who can contend with God? Who can arm themselves in order not to destroy themselves by their own mistakes and passions?
Whatever wisdom or help any person employs or affords, the success is from God alone, who will not let His people perish.