I was reading through Genesis 27 and four words jumped off the page like never before (vs. 5) “Now Rebekah was listening”. If we’re really honest about what is going on here, she was eaves dropping. Rebekah then went on to use that information to try to control the situation by lending a helping hand.
She was trying to help God out
She was trying to help Isaac out.
She was trying to help Jacob out.
And things got rather messy.
I heard a counselor once say that control is an illusion. It is something that you think you can have, and then you discover that you really never had it in the first place. In light of this illusion, I would often ask myself how often do I try to control things? Can I really control anything?
If I think I am in control, then I must consider the thought that I am putting myself on the throne instead of God. Having this structure in your life very quickly sets us up for lots of disappointment. This reminds me about a time years ago that I was burdened with a very difficult situation. It was in that moment that I was wrestling with my response, God took me to 2 Timothy 1:12 “For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep what I have entrusted to Him.” That day I entrusted my difficulty to God. I took Him at His word. I let go of the control. Peace and joy returned and I saw in time that God truly could and would take care of what I give over to Him.