I am the executive director of an organization that has made great strides. In two years, we implemented new programs, designed new offices, doubled the budget, increased the surplus, and completed a host of other accomplishments. For someone who loves to achieve, I have been living the dream.
Maybe Rebekah was an Enneagram 3 like me. Perhaps her urge to achieve is what turned her desire to secure Isaac’s blessing for Jacob into an elaborate plot filled with lies. At any point in her scheming—while making Jacob’s favorite dish or disguising Jacob’s smooth hands and neck—I wonder if Rebekah considers anything deeper than “Can we get away with this?” Does she pray about what she’s doing? Does she wonder what God thinks about her actions? Does she listen for a response?
Getting caught up in our own plans is easy. I felt chagrined when I sensed God telling me to stop building the ministry in which I was immersed. Had I heard incorrectly? Four months later, the reason for God’s instruction became clear. I was going full steam ahead in the wrong direction. I was achieving but not in accordance with God’s purpose. Taking time to reflect on what God wants us to do will often change our agendas. And it will also lead us on a better path.
When have you resisted praying about an agenda you were pursuing? What were the consequences of not doing so?
God, help me act on the wisdom to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight” (Prov 3:5). May I always acknowledge you as the author and finisher of my days. Amen.