#ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING
Genesis 27:46 (BBE)
Then Rebekah said to Isaac, My life is a weariness to me because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob takes a wife from among the daughters of Heth, such as these, the women of this land, of what use will my life be to me?
… of what use will my life be to me? Gen 27:46
As I was reflecting on this verse, a tweet by Max Lucado about striving for C.A.L.M in 2018 came to mind.
Rebecca walked up to Isaac to ask a difficultly challenging question; of what use will my life be to me. The question was from a concerned, distressed, upset and dissatisfied mother who had come to the end of her self-rule and schemes. The disappointment and dissatisfaction of her elder son’s marriage to daughters of Heth (Hittite) (see Gen 26:34-35) could be the reason for scheming for Jacob to receive the blessing and caused Esau to plan to murder Jacob. Every self-effort complicates.
Rebecca came to the end of herself and expressed the genesis of her frustration, which gave rise to self-rule and independent living – life would no longer be worth living if Jacob should go the way of Esau in marriage. Have you come to ask yourself also; “of what use will my life be to me?” Life without Christ is like living with fear on an island that is surrounded by sharks. Any self-effort gets you closer to the shore and may cause you to wonder –of what use is life?
Rebecca did the right thing by coming to Isaac with her fears and her concern. Will you also come to Christ too? Being religious does not mean life with or in Christ. Church attendance does not mean life with or in Christ. Life with Christ is a life surrendered to the Father who Jesus Christ came to show or reveal to us (Jn 14: 7-9). The way to peace, meaningfulness and fulfillment in life is not to continue in your schemes but like the lost son- “ I will arise and go to my father…” Lk 15:17-18. In His most agonizing and painful time of His life, Jesus prayed; “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” Lk 23:46. Will you also commit not just those concerns, what upsets you or causing gross dissatisfaction but your whole life and future into the FATHER’S HANDS? Having gone through worst experience, it is written that Christ is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Heb 7:25.This is the way to stay C.A.L.M. Happy New Year 2018