I am going to do things a bit differently today. I want to focus on a woman of the Bible. I want to focus on Rebekah to learn more about her story and how doubt played a role in her life.
We looked at Sarah’s story last week, which was similar to Rebekah’s story, so make sure to check it out too to have a little bit of context for today’s Wednesday Devotional.
Rebekah was a hard-working, faithful lady, who left everything she knew to marry a man she had never met. Can you imagine? She must have had so much faith to be able leave her family to go live with a man she didn’t even know. However, she ends up getting in trouble after favoring one of her twin sons over the other. She failed to trust God and would eventually never see her favorite son again. The beautiful thing about her story is that God used her to be a part of His wonderful plan to mother a child whose decedents would one day birth our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Despite her unfaithfulness and lack of trust in God, He would use her in ways she never could have imagined.
I suggest you stop now and go read all of Genesis 24, so you will be able to understand Rebekah’s entire story. Here I am just going to write Genesis 24:61: “Then Rebekah and her young women arose and rode on the camels and followed the man. Thus the servant took Rebekah and went his way.”
What It Says About Dealing With Doubt:
Women in Rebekah’s day went to get water every day at the well to bring back for their families. Rebekah went out one evening to bring water back to her home, when a stranger approached the well wanting water for himself. She obliged, giving him water and offered to draw water from the well for his 10 camels too. The water she would have had to withdrawal from the well for a man and his 10 camels would have been quite large, but she nonetheless offered. This proposition, however, changed her life forever. (Seriously, go read Genesis 24!) This offer was the exact thing Abraham’s servant prayed would happen for him. He asked God to have the woman offer water for his camels, so he would know for sure this woman was the one God had intended Abraham’s son to marry! Amazing! In an instant with this simple offer, her life changed forever.
Remember the story of Abraham and Sarah? God said He would make a great nation out of him, giving him generations which would outnumber the stars in the sky. Yet, Rebekah cannot have children either. She did not have children for 20 years after she met and married Isaac. Isaac prayed for God to give them children, and God listened. Rebekah, then, became pregnant with twins.
Then, came a divide. Jacob loved his firstborn son, Esau, more than his other son. Rebekah loved the second born child, Jacob, more than her firstborn son. It was not just a divide of affection, but a divide of nations, the Bible later tells us.
Rebekah helped her favorite son, Jacob, trick his father into giving him his father’s blessing, which was a huge deal in those days. Afterward, Jacob feared for his life because of his brother’s revenge and fled from his family.
God called Rebekah to be a mother of nations, but she let doubt creep inside her heart instead of trusting God enough to provide His perfect Will for her family. Her wish was granted for her son to become the heir of his father, but not by her will. God had a plan all along for things to turn out this way, but when her doubt crept in and took over, it caused pain and hurt and a divide of nations. Even though Rebekah, much like each of us, tried to take things into her own hands, God would still accomplish His plans, and He still used Rebekah to accomplish it, as was His plan all along. Rebekah doubted God’s plans to use Jacob, when that was actually his plan all along. Because she didn’t trust God, it actually divided her family.
So remember Abraham’s faithful servant explained above. Remember how he prayed so diligently for God to reveal His perfect plan for the wife for Abraham’s son. He was faithful and trusted God to answer his prayer. God had a plan all along for Rebekah’s life. She didn’t second guess it in the beginning. She just went to marry Isaac trusting in the plan God had for her. We must remember how trusting she was in the beginning and learn from her doubt in dealing with her son.
God is faithful, always, even when we aren’t.
God, thank You for working in all situations, even when we don’t trust you. Thank You for using me, even when I try to take matters into my own hands. Help me to keep my eyes on You and trust You in everything I do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What do you need to do this week to place your trust in God?