“When Rachel saw that she wasn’t having any children for Jacob, she became jealous of her sister. She pleaded with Jacob, ‘Give me children, or I’ll die!’” (Genesis 30:1).
Rachel was desperate to have a child, but instead of running to God with her request, she went straight to Jacob, her husband. “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?” (Gen. 30:2). When he reminded her it wasn’t his ability to give her children but God’s, she took control. We love being in control, don’t we?
Control and comparison often work together seamlessly to infiltrate our hearts. Once we see someone else with something we want, we find a way to make it happen, even if it’s not God’s plan for us. But we can rejoice today in the truth of Isaiah 55:8, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.” If our situation looks impossible, we can believe this promise. When I trust God with everything, His plans for my life will prevail.
Kristine Brown is a communicator at heart, sharing biblical insight with readers and audiences in a relatable way. Her life experiences blend together to create an eclectic backdrop for her lessons that highlight God’s powerful Word and redemptive grace. She is the author of the book, Over It. Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan, and founder of the non-profit organization, More Than Yourself, Inc. Read Kristine’s weekly devotions and Bible study resources at kristinebrown.net or connect with her on Facebook.
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