This is an important piece of information. We can surmise that Rebekah believed in God not just as a deity, but as a loving God, and that he cared for her on a personal level. I believe she experienced healing her soul when God answered Isaac’s prayer and opened her womb. Rebekah was reassured by God’s loving intervention how much she was valued. In fact, I believe she realized that only God had the answer for what was going on deep inside her.
Can you imagine what thoughts crossed her mind?
What is this unsettling activity ????
What is the cause???
What is going on here???
Rebekah was distressed but she drew near to God. He met her and answered her questions.
You have two children in your womb, Rebekah.
They are both boys.
Each son will become a great nation.
Even as children they will be rivals and will contend with each other.
The younger will be stronger and greater, and the elder will serve the younger.
There are times when God warns us of difficult circumstances that lie ahead
As a mother, this must have been hard to hear and even harder to digest. But, God was giving her the insight she needed to raise those boys and prepare them for their future.
What to do with difficult information
I want to transition to another instance in the Bible where someone was warned of negative circumstances before they happened. In John 21, Jesus confronted Peter about their relationship. Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him unconditionally. Peter kept responding that he loved Him deeply but not unconditionally. Then, Jesus spoke these hard words.
John 21: 18-19 NLT, “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”’
Jesus let Peter know what lied ahead. But, He also gave him the key to overcoming his fears and doubts. He wanted Peter to draw close and follow Him, everyday, in everyway. We know that Peter’s life was dedicated to God. Because of Peter, thousands came to know Jesus as Lord and God performed many miracles through him. In the end, Peter was imprisoned and died a martyr. How did Peter spiritually grow from just emotional love for Jesus to being crucified upside down for Him? He continually drew close to God and followed him on a daily basis. He allowed God to shape and mold him in every circumstance and in every way.
There are times when God informs us of difficult circumstances that lie ahead. Rebekah drew close to God and He gave her the necessary information she needed to raise her sons. Just like she drew close this particular time, God wanted her to draw close to Him all the time and follow Him so she could raise the next generation for His glory. Just like Rebekah and Peter, God wants us to draw close and follow behind Him everyday, in everyway.
Matthew 6:33-34 NLT, ‘Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.’
Father, I understand that situations may come that are hard to take. There is only way to face what the future may bring. I will always draw close to You and follow You everyday, and in every way. I will not worry about tomorrow. When tomorrow comes, You will give me everything I need. In Jesus Name, Amen.