“When Rachel realized that she wasn’t having any children for Jacob, she became jealous of her sister. She told Jacob, ‘Give me sons or I’ll die!’

Jacob got angry with Rachel and said, ‘Am I God? Am I the one who refused you babies?’ Genesis 30:1-2 (MSG)



Jacob had a complicated family situation from the beginning. He worked seven years for Rachel’s father to be able to marry her. Then, he was deceived and given Rachel’s sister as his wife. He had to work seven more years for Rachel. This dynamic created an unhealthy family situation. Rachel was unable to have children, and it became a point of desperation and despair in her life. She was looking to a person to give her something that only God could give. Children were needed even more so in that day because they cared for their parents in their old age. It was a season of barrenness for Rachel, and she wanted Jacob to fix it. She was desperate for a different outcome. Yet, only God could change her situation.


Are you looking to people to give you what only God can give? There is something in all of our lives for which we are waiting. Sometimes we can’t understand in the middle what God is doing.  So, instead of asking and trusting, we can look to people around us to fix it. When we do, we will experience the limitations of their abilities. People can help, but they can only do so much. There will come a point when no person can solve the situation you are facing. However, when we look to God, He is able to change our situations completely. Instead of asking someone to give you something they can’t give, it’s time to turn our focus to the One who can turn barrenness into a blessing.


Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.  Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. 

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