The family building competition was clearly getting out of hand. Jacob now had 4 wives and more kids than he could count. Sisters were trading servants and mandrakes for an opportunity to build a bigger set of kids–Why…well, their identity was wrapped into their family and home. Jacob loved Rachel, but, this madness was probably driving him crazy. He was to sire 13 kids–12 boys and a girl and in the midst of all of it, he was seeking to serve God.
As God’s kids, we spend a great deal of time, money and effort trying to help God out. Funny thing is, God didn’t ask for our help. God created it all and manages it all. When we try to help God out–it usually causes a mess at least; and often draws us away from God at the time we need to follow him most closely. Jacob’s wives needed to trust God and allow him to work his plan–his way. Yet, even though they did not wait–he still used their chaotic behavior to further the mission and save the world.
We can take hope from that, as well. If we will follow, God will carry out his amazing plan in our lives. If we try to run independent and make a mess of things, he is still faithful to take our mess of a life and use it to further his ultimate and amazing plan. Never lose hope, know that God is faithful, even when we are not–he will take a messy life and work it into a world of peace and order. He is an amazing God, and we are a blessed people!
God Bless You
When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”2 Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?”
3 Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.”
4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her, 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son.” Because of this she named him Dan.
7 Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 8 Then Rachel said, “I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won.” So she named him Naphtali.
9 When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 11 Then Leah said, “What good fortune!” So she named him Gad.
12 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13 Then Leah sai