When Abraham’s servant showed up at the well where Rebekah gathered water, she willingly offered him water to drink and water for his camels. She accepted his gifts of jewelry and invited him to her home to meet her family. When he shared why he was there, she willingly went with him to marry Isaac whom she’d never met.

Rebekah trusted God for her future. When she conceived and sensed that something was wrong, she took her concerns to the Lord, asking him what was going on within her.

Rebekah knew that her husband Isaac was the promised child of Abraham and Sarah. She knew that Isaac played an important role in God’s plans for the future. She’d witnessed God at work in their lives. She knew God personally and should have trusted him to work in the lives of her children, but like Sarah, Rebekah felt God needed her help.

Rebekah loved Jacob. She wanted to make sure that he received Isaac’s blessing even though Esau was the eldest twin. She concocted a plan to trick her aged husband into blessing Jacob rather than Esau.

Her plan worked, but she paid a great price. Esau didn’t take kindly to their deception and vowed to kill Jacob. Rebekah and Isaac sent Jacob to Padan Aram for safety, and that was the last that Rebekah ever saw of her beloved son.

It was always God’s plan for Jacob to be the patriarch. He didn’t need Rebekah to intercede. Her bungled efforts merely created unnecessary strain between herself, her husband, and her sons.

How often do we think we’re making things better when in reality we’re making them worse? God doesn’t need us sneaking around in the dark. He does mighty work in the light.

Scripture Background: Genesis 24-28

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