Answered Prayers

Adam Navis

READ : Genesis 25:19-28

Why is this happening to me? (v. 22)

Rebekah clearly had a difficult pregnancy. I don't suppose she had any illusions that pregnancy was going to be easy, but when your babies are fighting so much inside you that you feel the need to inquire of the Lord, then your pregnancy has reached a real crisis.

It is amazing how children's temperaments sometimes come through even before they are born. Some mothers say, “She was always moving inside me and now she can't sit still.” Or “I never got sick with him and he's such a contented baby.” Rebekah could not say anything so positive. Perhaps she looked back at her pregnancy after Jacob and Esau had grown and said, “Even in the womb they were fighting!” So while Rebekah fulfills her duty as a wife by providing not one but two boys, they become a source of pain. Genesis 26:35 says that Esau became a source of bitterness to his parents. Even when God grants our prayers, our lives will not be without heartache. Any parent who is estranged from their child knows this.

What is it in your life that you are praying for? A child? A new job? An increase in pay? Whatever it is, however much a blessing from God it may be, getting your heart's desire will not solve all your problems. It may even increase them. Jesus suggested a different priority in Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”


Lord, whatever the desire of our hearts, may our eyes always be on you.