Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rachel - Ready and Willing


Genesis 30:2-3 Jacob became angry with her and said, "Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?" Then she said, "Here is Bilhah, my maidservant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and that through her I too can build a family."

The conversation that Rachel and Jacob have here sounds like one that many spouses have with one another. The wife blames Jacob for not getting her pregnant and Jacob gets angry at her and tells her it's not his fault. Like any good husband, he should have just admitted it was ALL his fault and that he would try harder next time . . .
Seriously though, he tries to share common sense with Rachel by explaining that it is God's choice if they don't have kids - but she is on a rampage and she has a plan. It probably wouldn't have mattered too much what Jacob said - because Rachel was already so jealous she couldn't see straight - because the next thing she does is tell Jacob to sleep with her maidservant. How this ever became an option is beyond me. She wants something so bad, she's willing to do something completely illogical to get it.

How quick are we to try and rush God? We want what we want and we want it . . . now! Rachel wanted a child so badly, she was willing to rush ahead of God and do something foolish to satisfy herself. God's timing is perfect - and when we try and interfere with that - we mess everything up. The man you didn't wait on God to bring you - Can I get a witness? The job that you could've waited a little longer before you accepted it. So many times we think we know what's best that we don't let God handle it.

It's not, "God do it now or I'll have to do it myself". It's, "God, help me to be patient and know when You have chosen the right time for me." It's so much more rewarding that way.

2 wonderful insights:

sailorcross said...

Oh, I love this--patience, patience, patience!! I'm working on it right now!!! (or perhaps I should say that God is working on me right now!) See how easily I slipped into that "I".

I know that I can only do this through God's love, might, power and strength--not my own.

And, so I think to myself, "Rachel, why didn't you wait on the Lord?"

For the same reasons we all slip into that behavior--pride, jealousy, control issues--must I even go on?

You definitely have a witness, Dorothy!!

Beth

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Hi, I just came over from Chatty Kelly's place. I see in your profile that you're a WW leader. I used to be one, too! I think it's a great program, the best out there.