May 17th, 2022 – Very Early Tuesday Morning
“But the children struggled together within her; and she said, ‘If it is so, why then am I this way?’ So she went to inquire of the LORD. The LORD said to her,
‘Two nations are in your womb;
And two peoples will be separated from your body;
And one people shall be stronger than the other;
And the older shall serve the younger.'” ~Genesis 25:22-23
Rebekah dealt with her troubled question in the right way; she went to inquire of (ask) the LORD. Instead of just sitting around (figuratively) and fretting as to what was the matter with her babies, Rebekah took her burden to the only One who really knew anything about the cause and the reason for the struggle within her womb. Only He could explain the situation and set her heart at ease; all other human attempts would prove futile.
For His part, the LORD graciously gave Rebekah the inside scoop on what was happening with her unborn children. Again and again He listens to, answers, and reassures those who trust in Him; again and again He uses the circumstances, trials, and burdens of this life to cause people to turn to Him. And, even though the news about the twins wasn’t the most encouraging, it must have provided Rebekah with a sense of peace – the LORD knew what was going on and it wasn’t taking Him by surprise.
The LORD used a note from the New English Translation (NET) to help jumpstart this devotional in my mind. That note mentioned how there was no need for Jacob to deceive his brother later on in life because the LORD had already said that Esau would indeed serve Jacob. The simple reality of that observation should shake us to our core because we so readily seek to influence and alter our destiny, situation, or hardship…instead of just trusting the One who holds all things in His hands. Sadly, Rebekah, even though she inquired of the LORD here, did not have the same trusting attitude later on when she assisted Jacob in deceiving Isaac for the purpose of taking the blessing from Esau. (The question is not whether it was right or wrong – that much is abundantly clear – rather, was it necessary?)
See, we often fall to sin’s temptations because we forget the stark reality of our circumstances. The LORD is never not in control! He is always the One who knows the end from the beginning – He IS the End and the Beginning! The problem isn’t that our situation is beyond His capabilities; no, no, instead it is our failure to trust Him and leave it in His hands. (Just today I had a silly, but seemingly important situation unfold and I was not having a good attitude about it. The LORD, in His gentle mercy, revealed Himself again as faithful and gracious – while I was proved to be a fool again. 🙂
The LORD is ready and willing to help us if we will but surrender and let go of the control. He has a plan and a purpose (remember Jacob & Esau) that far surpasses our finite minds’ ability to comprehend. Let us cry out to Him like Rebekah and then rest in His goodness, favor, and magnificent plan.