Pity Party for One

Whitney Capps

Day: 30 | Plan: Genesis

Today's Reading: Genesis 30

Genesis 30:1 (NIV) "When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, ‘Give me children, or I’ll die.’”

Have you ever been consumed with thoughts of what you don’t have but desperately desire? I have. Our friend in this passage, Rachel, had as well.

The beloved wife of Jacob, Rachel, was beautiful and cherished. Her sister Leah, also Jacob’s wife, had been a pawn in their manipulative father’s plan. Jacob married Leah first, but loved Rachel most.

The Lord saw that Leah was unloved and blessed her with children, but Rachel was unable to conceive.

Rachel’s jealousy and feelings of inferiority had calloused her heart and manipulated her mind. She demanded that Jacob give her children, and in diva-like fashion declared she would die if he didn’t.

Easy there, girls. We shouldn’t judge her too harshly. Have you been there? I have.

When we are in the throes of a pity party, every slight feels intentional, and all our wants feel like essentials. And make no mistake, if it’s a pity party that’s being thrown, a diva is often the hostess.  And friend, I host lots of those parties.

Like Rachel, I become so consumed with what I don’t have that I lose sight of God’s faithful gifts already in my possession and His previous acts of goodness toward me. Also like Rachel, I quickly begin to manipulate my circumstances and those around me to try to circumvent God.

Perhaps Rachel’s story is a good place to point out that, “The Lord helps those who help themselves” is not actually biblical. No, the Lord helps those who seek His help and trust His will.

Rachel’s sister Leah knew that lesson. Between them they provided Jacob with 12 sons and one daughter. Leah bore the first four, including Judah from whose line Jesus Christ would eventually be born.

Prayer: Lord, help me take my focus off what I don’t have and instead look to all the gifts You have already given me. When I am tempted to become consumed with my wants, please satisfy me with Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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