"When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, 'Give me children, or I shall die!'"
Rachel's statement is a perfect example of an idol of the heart. Her life was not worth living if she could not have children. I heard a pastor describe his conversation with a teenage girl who was struggling with her faith. The pastor went to great lengths explaining all she had in Christ Jesus. The young lady responded, "I know, but what good is all that if I don't have a boyfriend." We can laugh, but I am confident we have all had that kind of thought creep into our mind when we desperately wanted something. It might not be a boyfriend; it could be a job, an obedient teenager, a more beautiful home or an appreciative spouse. Like the young lady, we have all falsely believed a necessity for life that really wasn't.
None of those things were designed to carry the weight of all our expectations. Inevitably, that must have job becomes work, the obedient teenager grows up and moves away, the beautiful new house begins to show it's age and the appreciative spouse winds up having other flaws.
Jesus, You and You alone as my Lord and my God, are capable of meeting my needs and desires. You tell me to seek Your kingdom and Your righteousness first, and You will fulfill my every need. Forgive me for looking for a Savior in other people and things.
How dead must the natural man be to God and the things of God? Jesus comes into the synagogue, and a man with an unclean spirit cries out "I know who you are -- the Holy One of God." Jesus commands the evil spirit to come out of the man, and the people ask "What is this? A new teaching with authority" not "Oh my, it is the Holy One of God!"
Lord Jesus, forgive me for doing the same thing. I can read the events of Your life on earth and get sidetracked by the miracles, the disbelief of the disciples and the rejection of the Jews when I should cry out "Holy One of God!" It may sound foolish, but please give me clarity of insight like the rebuked, unclean spirit.
"Then the king said to Haman, 'Hurry; take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned.'"
I am delighted at the role reversal in Mordecai and Haman's lives. It reminds me of Psalm 84:12, "O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!" Even though until that moment it looked like Haman was the blessed man, it was always Mordecai.
Father, help me to trust Your time and manner of blessing those who believe You. It may look different with my fleshly eyes, but help me to trust You and see with the eyes of Your Spirit.
"For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened."
How blind and dead are the descendants of Adam to God? These verses answer that question. We know there is a God. He has given us all the evidence needed in His creation. Yet, instead of honoring Him and being thankful for our very lives, man denies His existence.
Almighty God, I desire to honor You as You are worthy. I am thankful for my life. I especially thank You for the abundant life, Jesus.