Even when we go through a season of barrenness, where we are not fruitful and nothing seems to be multiplying in our life, God will remember us.MY FAITH EXPRESSIONS
Please click here to read “Time of Refinement” and “When We Are Hurting”, if you are interested in some background on the story of Jacob and Laban, along with Jacob’s wives, Leah and Rachel. There you will see what occurred leading up to today’s post. We pick up today looking a little closer at the greater purpose that God had in the lives of these individuals.
So, the cycle of conceiving and birthing begins in the lives of Jacob’s wives, Leah and Rachel. I guess we could consider them to be rival sisters at this point, competing for the love of their husband. Rachel has the love, but nothing else to show for it. Leah is loveless, but providing Jacob with the “many” that would fulfill the promise of God.
Genesis 28:14 (NLT) says,
Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants.
Let’s take a look at more of the story.
Leah was having child after child; more specifically, son after son that would carry on the legacy of this great nation that God was creating. As previously mentioned, she was in a loveless situation. Leah was not content, even though God was blessing her. She was so worried about obtaining what she didn’t have, the love of Jacob, that she was missing that God was using her for a greater purpose.
Leah was able to conceive. However, Rachel was not and this caused tension in the relationship between Leah and Rachel.
When God is blessing others and it appears that they are advancing at a faster rate than we are, be it sister, friend, or even our enemy, we must keep our focus on God and not become distracted.
We do not want to begin to envy another’s journey and the successes that they may be experiencing in light of our own barren land.
According to Genesis chapter 30, when Rachel saw that she wasn’t having any children for Jacob, she became jealous of her sister. She pleaded with Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”
Have you ever felt that way? That if you did not receive what you desired immediately, you would simply die? However, even in our “no” answers from God or our “not yet” situations, we don’t actually die. If we seek God during these times, we will find ourselves maturing and growing in our connection with Him. We will learn more about His character, His great love and hand of mercy towards us, and His greater purpose and plan that we play a part in.
Jacob became furious with Rachel. “Am I God?” he asked. “He’s the one who has kept you from having children!”
We mustn’t blame others when things are not going as planned. No, Jacob was not very loving in that moment. He was not comforting, whatsoever. But that is where Rachel failed, as well. The only one that can provide us with the comfort that we need in our times of despair is the Lord. We are to take our burdens to Him and cry out to Him and seek Him for the next steps on the journey. He is the only one who can reverse the seemingly tragic situations in our lives. God is who Rachel should have turned to during her time of distress; during her hurting season.
Because Rachel was unable to conceive, she came up with a plan to offer her maid, Bilhah, to bare children with Jacob. Bilhah was to act in proxy of Rachel.
Now, I’m not sure if this was really a great plan or a God plan, but as God does, He uses all of our steps for good to serve His purpose. It may not feel good or appear to be good, but He will use it, as such, because His overall plan will not fail.
Through her maid, Bilhah, and the birth of a child, Rachel felt as though God had vindicated her. She believed that He had heard her request and had given her a son, and others after that.
However, Rachel did not appear to have the right spirit. When Bilhah became pregnant again and gave Jacob a second son, Rachel said, “I have struggled hard with my sister, and I’m winning!”
There was rivalry and a competition taking place.
We are not to become competitive in anything that we do for God. We are not to compete with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Every person and every calling upon each individuals lives is important and valuable to God’s mission; the saving of souls so that none would be lost. We must never forget the big picture and get stuck in our own agenda’s and plans. That does not glorify God.
Meanwhile, Leah realized that she wasn’t getting pregnant anymore, so she took her servant, Zilpah, and gave her to Jacob as a wife. So, you see, this back and forth scenario took place for quite some time. However, even in the madness of it all, God was fulfilling His promise of a great nation.
No matter how we act, God still works through it all. We may delay our total deliverance and our OVERWHELMING VICTORY because we are messing around or playing games, but God is going to continue to move forward with fulfilling His promises. When we get back on board and align ourselves with His will, then we will begin to reap the full benefits of a life with Him.
No matter what is going on around us, we must remember that even when we go through a season of barrenness, where we are not fruitful and nothing seems to be multiplying in our life, God will remember us.
Following is where we see where God remembers Rachel. She was never forgotten; it just was not her time.
Genesis 30:22-24 (NLT) says,
22 Then God remembered Rachel’s plight and answered her prayers by enabling her to have children. 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. “God has removed my disgrace,” she said. 24 And she named him Joseph, for she said, “May the Lord add yet another son to my family.”
Just like in the lives of both Leah and Rachel, God has a greater purpose for us. In our test and trials, we often feel lost and left alone, but God is always with us and we are never forgotten.
No matter how long it takes, whatever God has for us will come to pass if we trust Him, remain faithful in the process, never give up, and never look back.
Our journey is full of twists and turns and unfortunately we do not have the full road map before us. Nevertheless, we must follow the leader, Jesus Christ, as He follows the Father, have patience, and believe that He will get us to our destination, safely.
I believe! How about you?
“You Are More
Don’t Look Back
Finish the Process”
Romans 10:17 (NLT)
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
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