The Lord hates cheating, but he delights in honesty. (NLT)
Have you ever wanted something so much that you thought about cheating to get it? What do you do if...
- you don't know some answers on a test, but you can see someone else's test. Do you copy the answers?
- you see your friend's super-cool toy lying on the grass. Do you take it? Do you tell your friend?
Cheating is wrong. But sometimes, we forget because we want something so much. Rebekah knew this feeling. She loved her son Jacob. She really wanted a special blessing for Jacob that she was willing to cheat to get. Whom did Rebekah cheat? Her husband Isaac. Her other son Esau.
How did Rebekah cheat? She knew Isaac was ready to bless Esau. She dressed Jacob to look and feel like Esau. Jacob pretended to be his brother and then went to his father. Isaac gave the special blessing to Jacob, thinking he was blessing Esau. Rebekah got exactly what she wanted by cheating.
Or did she? Because of her cheating, Jacob had to leave home. Jacob didn't come back for many, many, many years. Rebekah lost the son she loved so much. Her husband and Esau were angry, so she lost there too.
The sad part is that Rebekah never had to cheat. God had promised a special blessing for Jacob. All Rebekah had to do was wait for God. But she didn't wait. She cheated and ended up destroying her whole family.
What about you? When you begin to want something so much that you are tempted to cheat, what should you do? Tell God. Tell Him what you want. Tell Him how you are thinking about cheating to get it. Ask Hhim for help. He will listen, and He will help you. Don't cheat. Cheating hurts everyone. Just ask Rebekah.