GENESIS 27:46: “Rebekah said to Isaac, “I can’t stand Hittite women! If Jacob marries a Hittite woman like one of those from around here, I might as well die.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: Does God need our help in fulfilling His will? The answer to this question is both “yes” and “no”. He does not need our help with respect to our strength or ability. However, He desires our partnership through faith and obedience. The line between these two things is easy to blur. It is this line that Rebekah blurred, along with the cooperation of her son Jacob.
God had promised Jacob that he would receive the promise and blessings of Abraham. No doubt Rebekah was aware of this. Jacob’s brother Esau had already sold his birthright for a bowl of stew. And when Isaac wanted to bless Esau before he died, Rebekah schemed a plot to insure that her son Jacob would be the one to receive the blessing of the firstborn, not Esau who was the firstborn. As we read the account of deception and lies, we see the blurring of the lines between helping God and trusting God, in full light.
When Esau’s anger is kindled because Jacob has stolen his blessing, Esau plots to kill Jacob. Rebekah overhears this plot and tells Jacob to flee to his uncle Laban. Jacob is to stay there until Esau cools off. But how is Jacob going to get there with Isaac’s approval? Once again Rebekah blurs the lines, manipulates the circumstances, and achieves the desired outcome through trickery and deceit. She frames it in the concern for Jacob not to marry a Hittite, and in doing so achieves her goal of protecting her son.
The question that confronts us in all of this is – Did God need Rebekah and Jacob’s deception and lies to fulfill His will? The answer is an obvious “NO”! How would God have orchestrated and accomplished his goal apart from these actions? We will never know, but rest assured, when God makes a promise – He does not need our help or manipulation of the circumstances to bring it to pass. The blurring of the lines was not without consequence. Jacob would be the recipient of his own deception later with his uncle Laban. The law of sowing and reaping is always at work. If we sow seeds of lies and deception, impatience and manipulation, we will reap the same!
How does all of this apply to my life practically? How many times in my life have I found myself trying to “help” God accomplish His will in my life? The truth is – far too many times. I believe the Lord, I trust His promises, but I find myself many times running short on patience. Hebrews exhorts us to be like faithful Abraham who through faith and “patience” obtained the promise. Yet, even Abraham and Sarah grew impatient and tried to fulfill God’s will of a son through Sarah’s maid Hagar. The conflict that stems from the animosity between Isaac and Ishmael still continues today.
The Scriptures call us to “wait” upon the Lord. The meaning of this word in Hebrew is not a call to be static or disconnected. Rather, it means to be “intertwined”. When we read Isaiah 40:31,
- “Yet, the strength of those who wait with hope in the LORD will be renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won’t become weary. They will walk and won’t grow tired.” (Isaiah 40:31 GW)
we are reminded of the wonderful promise to those who do not “blur” the lines between “forcing” and “waiting”. When we try to make God’s will or promises come to pass in our own timing and strength our actions are usually followed with compromises and choices that we later regret. Yet, if we are intertwined in the will and purpose of the Lord, walking in partnership and faith with Him, trusting His perfect timing – we find ourselves soaring on wings like eagles.
The believer does not have to strive – he simply has to “wait” – WAIT ON THE LORD!
Lord, give me the grace today to “wait” upon You for the fulfillment of all the promises that You have spoken into my heart and over my life. Lord, let my hands be free from impatient manipulation, and lifted to you in faithful surrender and trust. Help me to hear Your voice each day and to walk step by step in Your will as You fulfill Your promises according to Your perfect plan and timing!
In Jesus Name!