Posts Tagged ‘jacob’

The Power of Desperation

May 03

by Victoria Robinson

Desperation can drive us either toward good or evil. Sadly, it can cause one to resort to evil in order to get what they want. Such is the case of a depraved man named Shechem who was so desperate to marry Jacob’s daughter, Dinah. First, his desperation led him to defile her. He then agreed to have him and his men become circumcised in hopes of marrying the object of his lust. Finally his evil ways cost him his life. A very sad story of a desperate man.

However, the power of desperation can also lead us to victory as we draw near to our heavenly Father for help. Such is the story of a man named Jairus whose daughter was seriously ill and before Jesus could even get to her, she died. Yet due to the love and graciousness of our Lord, this is not the final outcome. This precious little girl is revived by our Lord. But wait, there is so much more to this story. Right smack in the middle of all this another desperate person is seeking help from the Lord. Right after Jairus pleads for the Lord to heal his daughter, a desperate woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years and had endured painful treatments by many physicians and spent all her money only to continue in misery touched Jesus’ garment. This poor woman’s years of suffering and worry ended in a single act of desperation. Without even being able to communicate her needs to Jesus, she was instantly healed!

Dearest girlfriends, allow your desperation to draw you near to your heavenly Father and receive the great help only He can give!

Then Shechem addressed Dinah’s father and brothers. “Please be kind to me, and let me have her as my wife,” he begged. “I will give whatever you require. No matter what dowry or gift you demand, I will pay it—only give me the girl as my wife.” But Dinah’s brothers deceived Shechem and Hamor because of what Shechem had done to their sister. They said to them, “We couldn’t possibly allow this, because you aren’t circumcised. It would be a disgrace for her to marry a man like you! But here is a solution. If every man among you will be circumcised like we are, we will intermarry with you and live here and unite with you to become one people. Otherwise we will take her and be on our way.” Hamor and Shechem gladly agreed, and Shechem lost no time in acting on this request, for he wanted Dinah desperately. Shechem was a highly respected member of his family, and he appeared with his father before the town leaders to present this proposal. “Those men are our friends,” they said. “Let’s invite them to live here among us and ply their trade. For the land is large enough to hold them, and we can intermarry with them. But they will consider staying here only on one condition. Every one of us men must be circumcised, just as they are. But if we do this, all their flocks and possessions will become ours. Come, let’s agree to this so they will settle here among us.” So all the men agreed and were circumcised. But three days later, when their wounds were still sore, two of Dinah’s brothers, Simeon and Levi, took their swords, entered the town without opposition, and slaughtered every man there, including Hamor and Shechem. They rescued Dinah from Shechem’s house and returned to their camp. Then all of Jacob’s sons plundered the town because their sister had been defiled there. ~ Genesis 34:11-27 NLT
 
When Jesus went back across to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. A leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, came and fell down before him, pleading with him to heal his little daughter. “She is about to die,” he said in desperation. “Please come and place your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” Jesus went with him, and the crowd thronged behind. And there was a woman in the crowd who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors through the years and had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she was worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched the fringe of his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his clothing, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel that she had been healed! Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” His disciples said to him, “All this crowd is pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and told him what she had done. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. You have been healed.” While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from Jairus’s home with the message, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” But Jesus ignored their comments and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me.” Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter and James and John. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw the commotion and the weeping and wailing. He went inside and spoke to the people. “Why all this weeping and commotion?” he asked. “The child isn’t dead; she is only asleep.” The crowd laughed at him, but he told them all to go outside. Then he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her hand, he said to her, “Get up, little girl!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! Her parents were absolutely overwhelmed. ~ Mark 5:21-42 NLT

Wherever I Go …

Jan 24

by Victoria Robinson

There once was a man named Jacob who had total assurance that God was his constant companion throughout his life. Sounds so comforting to think of his thoughts recorded in the book of Genesis, “… God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.” God had assured him earlier in his life that, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go …”

The psalmist also proclaimed great hope that the Lord would never abandon him. Girlfriends, rejoice in the fact we have that same hope. Whatever you may be dealing with in your life today, rest assured God is with you at all times and will never leave your side.

Dearest girlfriends, let us be strong and courageous allowing the words of God to comfort us in knowing He is with us wherever we go.

Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone. ~ Genesis 35:3 NIV
 
… I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. … I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go … ~ Genesis 28:13,15 NIV
 
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. ~ Proverbs 18:24 NIV
 
Be strong and courageous. … for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. ~ Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
 
David said about him: ”‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’ ~ Acts 2:25- NIV
 
But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God. ~ Nehemiah 9:31 NIV
 
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. ~ Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

A Wonderful Heritage

Jan 03

by Victoria Robinson

Some people have a wonderful heritage. Their family tree is full of famous and admirable relatives. On the other hand some people do not proudly announce their heritage. (Perhaps a few too many black sheep in the tree?) The Word of God speaks of a wonderful heritage that is available to everyone regardless of who has preceded you in your family tree.

This heritage is based on the statutes of the Lord. King David said they were the joy of his heart. These statutes are found in the Word of God and provide rich reading that will give your life the heritage we all desire. Along with learning and obeying the Lord’s statutes, it is important to continue this rich heritage by telling them to the next generation and therefore keeping the heritage going.

Girlfriends, are you more concerned about your earthly heritage or your heavenly heritage. You can determine this by examining your life. Do you set your heart on keeping the Lord’s decrees? Dearest girlfriends, won’t you allow the statutes of the Lord give you a godly heritage today?

Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end. ~ Psalm 119:11-112 NIV
 
O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old— what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. ~ Psalm 18:1-7 NIV