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 teen-age girl who was struggling with her faith. The pastor went to great lengths describing 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 nicer home or an appreciative spouse. You know.
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 nice 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!"
I am delighted at the role reversal in Mordecai and Haman's lives. I am reminded of Psalm 84:12, "O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you". Even though up 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 trust You. It may look different with my fleshly eyes, but help me to trust You and see with the eyes of Your Spirit.
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 through the creation. But instead of honoring Him and being thankful for our very lives, we deny 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.