Have you ever tried so desperately hard to make something happen or work? You knew you should have left it up to God, but you couldn’t resist trying to fix things. That’s exactly what Rebekah was faced with. God had already promised that her youngest son would receive the blessing, yet here she was, decades later, trying to make it happen in her timing.

The irony of the situation was that if she had sat back and watched God work, she would have seen his master plan unfold without any issues. But instead, Rebekah decided to take matters into her own hands, which seemed to make the situation worse. After all, Jacob had to flee his brother’s intense wrath — such hatred that Jacob’s life was in danger. Sure, Rebekah and Jacob received what they wanted, but at the cost of committing sin and risking death. Imagine how things might have been had Rebekah done as God wanted and just watched and waited to see him work!

We can apply the same response to our lives. Perhaps God will allow us the desires of our heart — but in his timing, not ours. Instead of getting in the front seat to work things out, let God do the work. Trust in his timing. When we try to do things our way, it never pans out quite well, but when we leave it up to God, the ending is beautiful.

Dear Lord, help me to respond appropriately to every situation, knowing you will work things out. Let me trust in you.

Throughout This Day: Don’t just say you’ll let God lead — do it! Ask God to give you the strength and wisdom to refrain from intervening when you know he simply wants you to wait on him.

Tags: Daily Devotional Genesis 25
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