Welcome to the middle of Week 4 of our Why Her? study. I’m excited for today, so let’s jump right in.
I have a question. Have you ever come up with a mischievous scheme to get what you wanted? If so, it’s time we put to practice what we learned from Truth #1 and get honest.
It’s hard to wait for the things we want. Truth be told, waiting is one of my least favorite things. When I get tired of the waiting, my mind starts whirling in a thousand directions — “How can I get what I want?"
Therein lies the danger. I make it all about me, instead of surrendering to the wait. I don’t even stop to think how it might affect those around me.
And this is where we find our sisters, Rachel and Leah in Genesis 30:14-16. Still scheming against each other and manipulating things to try to win Jacob’s affection. Unbeknownst to Jacob, as he’s laboring in the field, his wives are plotting behind his back, bartering mandrakes in exchange for his affections that evening. #TrueStory
“So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. 'You must sleep with me,' she said. 'I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.' So he slept with her that night.” Genesis 30:16 (NIV)
That’s some crazy stuff, friend! But do you know what? We don’t have to plot. We can surrender our desires to God and trust He’s going to take care of things without us having to manipulate the situation.
Why Her? author, Nicki Koziarz, beautifully reminds us:
“Godly surrender is more of a trusting God stance.”
Godly surrender doesn’t make us weak. It lifts the burden from us so we can live without the chains of manipulation weighing us down. Let’s take the stance to trust God, shall we?
Reflect and Respond:
What’s something you feel God is asking you to surrender instead of control?