Feelings or Faith?
Then Isaac said to Jacob,
“Please come close,
that I may feel you,
my son, whether you are really
my son Esau or not.”
Isaac, the possessor of all the blessings of heaven, lived like a spiritual pauper on earth. Neither he nor his family lived by faith. He lived by sight, but his eyes failed him. He lived taste, but his palette failed him. He lived by touch, but his fingers failed to feel. When old age robbed him of his senses, the overruling providence of God and not faith was his only security. Fortunately for the family, God never fails.
One writer commented, “This chapter portrays an entire family attempting to carry out their responsibilities by their physical senses, without faith. . . .”
If we (like Isaac, Esau, Jacob and Rebekah) are saved by faith, why don’t we live by faith? If we live by the very same method by which we are saved, we will be supported in our old age. Faith will grow as our senses dim. If we chose to live for our senses, faith will not be present to support us in the days of our decay.
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord,
so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted
and now being built up in Him
and established in your faith,
just as you were instructed…”
Isaac’s family is a good example of how not to live by faith, but Paul’s teaching is the plain commandment. You were saved by faith, now live by faith.