Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.”. (Genesis 30:3) NIV
The truest form of faith is shown through patience. Waiting on God is one of the hardest things that we as human beings can be called to do.
Have you ever asked God for patience? Will you ever ask Him again? Probably not that eagerly even though one of the best virtues is patience. Since we don’t ask God more than once He builds this up in us through faith-tests.
A faith-test is anything that requires us to trust in God for provision and waiting on Him to provide. Most of us learn the hard way because we lose our patience and move on ahead in our own strength. Especially when we don’t see God’s provision in a short time span.
Rachel, wife of Jacob, grew jealous that her sister, Leah, who was deceivingly given to Jacob as wife in place of Rachel by their father in order to secure Leah’s future, was bearing sons for their husband and she was not.
Instead of pleading her case to God and waiting on Him, she brought yet another wife, her servant, Bilhah, into the already crowded marriage. This spurned Leah into also giving her servant to Jacob and bringing yet another wife into the mix.
Rachel eventually conceived and bore two sons, but she died during the last child-birth. The siblings from the other wives ended up being jealous of her oldest son, Joseph, sold him off into slavery and told their father he was dead.
God being God, turned all the mistakes and heartaches into something good when he moulded Joseph into the nation’s leader who saved his family from starvation and ruin.
The moral of this story is that we have a choice, we can take things into our own hands and suffer the consequences, or we can patiently wait on God to get it right at just the right time.