Today during my quiet time, I read Genesis 27 which is the account of the deception of Isaac by his son Jacob. It is a story I have known and even told since my childhood but today, something I had never noticed jumped off the page at me.
First, a little background is in order. Isaac sends Esau, his eldest and most favored son to go hunting and cook a meal for him before he blesses Esau. Rebekah convinces Jacob to deceive his father into believing he is Esau so that he may receive the blessing instead. When Jacob did so, Isaac expressed surprise that "Esau" had done everything so quickly. Here is Jacob's reply:
The LORD your God put it in my path! Genesis 27:20 (NLT)
Did you notice Jacob said "your God" rather than "my God" or "our God"?
Curious, I checked a few other versions and they all said the same thing. Jacob said "the Lord your God".
Perhaps there is nothing to all of this but then again, perhaps there is. Jacob's grandfather had been a man who was so close to God that God referred to him as His friend. Jacob's father was the fulfillment of God's promise that Abraham would have a son. Jacob himself was a promise and had been raised in the way of the Lord and yet he calls God Isaac's God rather than his own.
We need to genuinely make God "our God" rather than the God of someone else.