Friday, May 11, 2012
“Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!” And Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”...
Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. And she conceived and bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my reproach.” So she called his name Joseph, and said, “The Lord shall add to me another son.” ~ Genesis 30:1-2; 22-24 NKJV
Rachel longs for a child. Her husband loves her, but she watches her sister Leah, Jacob’s other wife, having child after child. Her heart aches for fulfillment. So she turns to her husband.
Rachel puts Jacob in a place that she never should have. This happens often. Men and women can place their spouses in positions that they will never be able to fulfill. I understand the person who you married can make your life miserable, but they will never be able to fulfill your life. Only God can fulfill you and minister to the desires of your heart.
Our fulfillment and happiness should be wrapped up in Jesus. If expectations are placed on a husband or wife and that person can never fulfill deepest needs. The only result is frustration because this deepest longing is out of the spouse’s control. This is what happens with Rachel and Jacob. Only God can change her and give her a child. Only God can fulfill her need and loneliness.
God finally does bless Rachel with a son, and names him Joseph. God is the One who supplies her needs and fulfills her deepest desire for a son. This son will become a great man of God. He is a shining star of Biblical characters. He will rise from out of being sold into slavery by his brothers, to a ruler in Egypt who saves many, including his brothers, from a famine in the land.
If there is a lack in your life and a loneliness, the One that you go to is Jesus. You fall upon Him, you call out to Him. He is the only one who can meet your needs. You do not need more money or possessions, you need more of Jesus.
He is the One who said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”” (John 7:37b-38).
He is the One who says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
May you turn to Jesus for all your needs. Only Jesus is able to fulfill your deepest needs. He says, “Come!”