Genesis 27:20-24: Your nose.

“20 Isaac asked his son, ‘How did you find it so quickly, my son?’ ‘The Lord your God gave me success,’ he replied. 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, ‘Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.’ 22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, ‘The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.’ 23 He did not recognise him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him. 24 ‘Are you really my son Esau?’ he asked. ‘I am,’ he replied.” NIV UK

Some years ago, I was watching an episode of the TV crime drama, ‘A touch of Frost.’ Inspector Jack Frost, brilliantly played by David Jason, was asked how he could possibly know a certain piece of information. He tapped the side of one nostril and said, ‘Your nose!’ That ‘spoke’ to me, because, call it ‘discernment’ or something else, at times I have just known that something wasn’t quite right in a situation. I may not have been able to say precisely what it was, but it usually became clearer afterwards. Something didn’t smell right. It’s important to pay attention to your ‘nose.’ It will tell you things.

Isaac knew something wasn’t quite right here. But he pressed on regardless, and regretted it. Could it be correct to say that his sensual appetite overpowered his faculty for discernment? If so, we surely can learn from him, for we know how easily we can be tempted and led astray.

PRAYER: Lord, please keep me alert to all hidden dangers.