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Devotional for 26th of Teves, 5780

Yitzchak prayed to ADONAI on behalf of his wife, because she was childless (Genesis 25:21).

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Yitzchak (Isaac) had done everything right! He had allowed his father Abraham to personally arrange the selection of his wife. Yitzchak had patiently stayed away from the nearby Canaanite women. Rivkah's (Rebekah's) identity as God's own choice was confirmed by supernatural signs. She was the one.

Amazingly, the girl was willing to make the journey into a distant land filled with danger, to be the wife of a man she had never seen. We can imagine the feelings that Yitzchak and Rivkah wrestled with as the years went by. The one thing necessary for the family of Abraham to fulfill its calling was the bearing of children ...and now Miss Right could not do so!

Yitzchak married at forty years of age; his wife finally conceived when he was sixty. Those were a hard twenty years! Would Yitzchak have chosen Rivkah had he seen the immediate future, or the way Rivkah's brother Laban would treat their son Ya'akov (Jacob) in the more distant times to come? God does not tell us the future in detail because we would not respond to it correctly. Rivkah was God's exact choice, and God's choice is not defined by perfection as we define it. In Yitzchak and Rivkah's family, we behold God's perfect will being worked out through imperfect people. Such is godly life in the real world.

...yield myself to the simple fact that faith in God is not a ticket to smooth sailing through this life. "I pray, O God, let me choose your way in every circumstance."


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