Text: Genesis 31:3-35, Isaiah 53, Luke 23:46, Romans 5:6-11
Today we’re looking at Rachel. We’re looking at that one time she told her husband one thing and then turned around and did another thing.
I’m in no way like her, except for all of the ways that I am. In fact, the only way that I’m not like her is in the fact that I happen to be single so I don’t have a husband to manipulate.
I might never steal, but I would probably take. I might not hide, but I might not share. I might not lie, but I’d probably not tell.
I know that I’ve encouraged friends in what God has told them and then manipulated situations to ensure earthly success.
I’ve heard truth from God through wise people and done the exact opposite because I actually know better than God. I’d never say that aloud, but my actions scream those words.
But today, and everyday, instead of dwelling on my failures, I must immediately look to Jesus because He shows me a better way.
See, Jesus was born in the same place where Rachel died (Genesis 35:16-20). The story of Rachel isn’t absent of Jesus; it is simply showing us that long before Jesus, there were women who were messing up, and long after Jesus, we are still women messing up.
Rachel and Jesus show a beautiful contrast.
Where Rachel is beautiful in appearance and form (Genesis 29:17), Jesus was scorned and not attractive to human eyes (Isaiah 53).
Where Rachel is deceitful and manipulative (Genesis 31:32-35), Jesus is faithful and true (Philippians 2:5-11).
Where Rachel doesn’t trust the timing of God (Genesis 30:1-3), Jesus committed His spirit into the hands of God (Luke 23:46).
In every single area that I fail, which is in every single area, Jesus redeems. He comes into my line of sight and changes my vision from myself to Himself. And He really is the best view.
Today, let’s look to Jesus. I know that sounds basic and simple, and yet also really hard at the same time. So instead of dwelling on that, let’s just do it. Let’s drop to our knees and taste His sweet love for us. Because, sweet friends, His love for us is a lot bigger than our love for us (Romans 5:6-11).
Special thanks to Nadine Schroeder for contributing today’s guest post.