Once again we see sinful choices being made by God's people because of their unbelief. God had told Rebekah that Esau would serve Jacob, that Jacob was the son of the promise - but she and Jacob did not trust that God could bring that to pass without their help. God doesn't need our help, and He most certainly doesn't need us to sin in order to "help" Him. His way and His timing is perfect. Whether or not we understand or agree with His plan is irrelevant.
We need to be willing to wait on God, and not recklessly put forth our own agenda, especially if we need to sin in order to do so.
Jacob and Rebekah's deception has long lasting consequences. Jacob has to flee for his life, and, as far as we know from scripture, he never sees his mother alive again. Sin is never worth it.
And yet, despite Jacob's sin, despite his deception, despite his unbelief and lack of faith, God reaffirms His promise to Jacob personally - what grace!
Our Romans passage expands on the subject of grace. No one can earn their salvation. We don't need to be able to perform superhuman works of faith - God is the one that sent Jesus as the Saviour of the world, God is the one who raised Jesus from the dead, God is the one who enables us to believe, God is the one who sends messengers to proclaim the gospel - it is all God.
We need to believe the good news; to accept it by faith; to not just agree intellectually, but whole heartedly trust in God as the sole means of our salvation.
He truly is our everything.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Genesis 29-30, Roman 10