I had the opportunity to pray for a young lady who wanted to conceive a child. Several months later I learned that she was indeed expecting her first child. I’m sure it was the prayers of the parents-to-be and many other believers that brought her desire to reality.
Rebekah was in a similar circumstance. Her story is found in Genesis 25. When she couldn’t get pregnant, her husband Isaac prayed to the Lord. The Lord heard his prayer and Rebekah conceived. But there’s more to this story.
The babies growing inside of Rebekah seemed to be having their own WWE wrestling event.
The struggle was real and prompted Rebekah to ask the Lord about it.
“And the LORD told her, ‘The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.’” Genesis 25:23
That’s probably not the answer most expectant mothers want to hear. The Bible doesn’t tell us how Rebekah felt about God’s response, but later just as the Lord said, she did deliver twin boys. The boys grew up and one day Esau, the firstborn, came in from the field exhausted. He asked Jacob for some stew and Jacob made him sell him his birthright for the food. Hmmn. Perhaps we shouldn’t make major decisions when we’re tired and hungry.
There are times when the Lord speaks to us. He gives us a word about our future, but He rarely tells us all the details of how and when His word will come to pass. I will admit the “not knowing” can be frustrating at times. But that’s where we have to be determined to trust God. It’s so important to keep listening to Him. It’s easy to run with the first thing we hear, but I have learned, that oftentimes God has much more to say.
If I were Rebekah, I might have been thinking, that’s not possible; the firstborn is the firstborn, period. You can’t change your birth order. But as you see, God had a plan. That’s my God. He always has a plan. He says,
“…I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans.” –Jeremiah 1:12
When things don’t make sense and our life is bombarded with trouble, there is nothing better than knowing that God has a plan.
Now, Rebekah had a plan of her own. I guess she was a little too impatient to wait on God’s plan to unfold. She believed tomorrow was going to be too late. The blessing was happening that night. So she convinced Jacob, the son she loved, to deceive his father, in order to get the blessing that was meant for his brother.
Her plan worked, but when Esau discovered what happened he blamed his mother and wanted to kill Jacob. Rebekah heard about his plan and she and Isaac sent Jacob away. Her plan had negative consequences. Now she couldn’t enjoy either son or the blessing.
Have you ever tried to help God by implementing your own plan?
How did it work out for you?
Read more on Rebekah with us on our Learning from Their Examples series
Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.