The old trick of deceiving other people to get what is desired is prevalent today as it was many years ago. Anyone who has had success over another knows how critical it is to make an opponent think one thing with the intention of taking away something of value. It is a fact that many important battles in history have been won by means of deception. This means that deception is definitely a part of the real world today.
In the Old Testament Jacob the son to Isaac came under the same power of deception when he deceived his father. His father Isaac had become blind because of old age and since Isaac knew that he was about to die, he planned to bless his children. Since Esau was the first born it was obvious that Isaac was focused on trying to bless Esau. At the end of it all Jacob got the blessing instead of Esau. What happened?
In Genesis 27:22-23 the Bible says,”And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him” (KJV). Jacob got the blessing by means of deception. Now, was this right? Not at all. Jacob knew the dangers of deception. The only thing is that he was not discerned or discovered since his father Isaac succumbed to deception by not taking heed to the cues he had within him in regard to the situation.
In order to avoid deception you should be aware of the cues within you and make sure you use them to uncover the truth. Although Isaac knew that something was not right, he did not use the cues he got within him in that situation. The Bible says that he discerned him not. Discernment is what determines whether someone falls prey to deception or not. This is the ability to be aware of any relevant information capable of misleading someone to a wrong choice in life.
Our social media interactions today offers a real temptation for anyone to think that he can take advantage of the unsuspecting. This is due to the fact that the person on the other side does not know the intent and true nature of what is going on. What we should understand is that the person with the intent to deceive knows that you have something of value and his intention is to get it from you. If you are resolved to trusting such a one without asking heart searching questions to unconver the truth, you can fall prey to deception.
If the voice is “Jacobs voice”, but the hands are “Esau’s hands”, then do not buy into it. If you were working at you computer and some banner popped up saying ”you are the winner”. Ask yourself, have you been playing some game that you are not aware of that suddenly you have become a winner? Those who are consciously playing a game will always hope to win, but if you know you have not been playing a game to the best of your knowledge, then try to avoid that pit fall.
In 2 Corinthians 11: 14 The Bible says, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (KJV). Satan is the master of all deception and he knows how important your life is to you. His intention is to take away what is important from you by making things look as honest as can be. However, when it does not feel right, ask the right questions to uncover the truth so that you do not loose what is important. Be discerning!
Are you going to use those cues from within you to overcome deception?