Monday, February 3, 2020
Memory Verse: Psalms 139:13 “You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother’s womb.”
How many times have you heard the statement “Just keep doing what you know how to do“? I often hear that statement but with it comes a lot of questions. I realised people who say those words have had breakthroughs in certain areas of life which you may appear to still be struggling with, hence they are in a position to encourage you because they have walked the paths. Do you really listen to them when they reach out to you using those words or do you just assume they really don’t get it and they have no understanding of what your personal situation is putting you through? Some of your response may even be ‘my circumstance is different from yours’, but is it really different or you are just comparing yourself to another person whom you desire to be like?
Often people don’t appreciate how God created them so they naturally aim to be like someone else. Phycology tells us there are various types of personalities but today we will focus on the pretty common ones, the Introvert and Extrovert. Reading through the book of Genesis 25, it was clear that Jacob could easily be spotted as an introvert who loved keeping to himself, while Esau could be classed as an extrovert who enjoyed his outgoing and mingling life, though they were twins born by Rebecca and Isaac, they portrayed different personalities, Genesis 25:22-26.
While it may seem that Esau had a more interesting life that Jacob, Jacob could not be bothered with trying to be His brother so He enjoyed how the Lord created him. He was original and content, he stayed at home just like he normally would do, but while at home, he made himself useful by mastering the act of cooking. Jacob just didn’t like being outdoors like Esau but that didn’t make Him any less intelligent and productive. He had things going on for him, not necessarily things visible to people out there in the world.
When it was God’s appointed time for Jacob, the Lord blessed Him while he was doing what he knew how to do best. I believe this statement will stir up thoughts to ask if this is even a blessing, but it’s the fulfillment of what has been foretold even before they were born and how they strived with each other from when they were in their mother’s womb. Esau sold his birthright to Jacob in exchange for Jacob’s meal to fill his hunger, the younger became the greatest of the brothers as the older served him, Genesis 25:23.
There is no joy in trying to be someone else because you think they making waves or living the life you would love to live, even though you have no resources to make that happen. Being content is gain and being focused on what you know how to do exceedingly gets blessed than being a wanna be. If Jacob had been trying to be his brother on the day the fulfilment of God’s word was to come to pass, Jacob would have been out minding what was not his business and the opportunity to earn Esau’s birthright might not have happened, hence missing his appointed time.
Have a glance at whatever it is you are currently doing, is it in line with God’s purpose and do you feel you are giving it your best? If you can answer yes to that but it seems like it’s not working out as you would love, don’t give in or give up, keep being original. God always has a plan. There is no need to tag along others or aim to be like them and become miserable and frustrated. You do not need to alter your personality. There is a reason God created you the way He did. You are wonderful in your original version and He has great plans for you.
Remember, Paul planted the seeds, Apollos watered them but it was God in His infinite mercies, who multiplied the seeds, making the plants grow, 1 Corinthians 3:6. It may not look like it now, but have faith and keep moving, what seem to be that dry season, out of it will come an abundance of rain.
- Father I thank You for your endless blessings and for the beautiful way in which You have created me
- I receive your divine perfection and manifestation in all my plans throughout this year 2020
- Help me not to chase the winds, but to fully acknowledge You for direction, live above fear of uncertainties and grant me the boldness to see beyond all impossibilities
- Forgive my iniquities Lord and let your mercy prevail over judgement
- Thank you Father and in Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
I’m reading the YouVersion plan ‘Bible in One Year 2020 With Nicky Gumbel’. Check it out by clicking on the caption below.