Be careful what you are eager for. You might get it.
Genesis 30 tells of the births of several of the sons of Jacob (Israel). When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!” (Gen 30:1) Rachel was envious because she was determined to honor Jacob’s love and fulfill her purpose, even if she had to do it through an intermediary. Like her, we need to be so eager to show our love toward God that we will go through the intermediary – Jesus Christ – to please Him. In the end Rachel is rewarded with two sons, Joseph and Benjamin.
Esther 6 tells of Haman’s plot against Mordecai and how it backfired. So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?” And Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” (Es 6:6) Haman falsely thought himself honorable. He was dishonorable because he was dishonest. Thinking he would be rewarded, he became the unwilling vehicle of honoring his enemy – the truly honorable man.
“Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. (Mark 1:38-39) Jesus was eager to speak words of life and to set free those who were captive to evil.
Paul says to Roman believers, without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. (Ro 1:9b-10) Paul wanted to return to Rome. Later, he did. He was taken in chains to testify and ultimately die for his faith. Along the way many heard the gospel and were saved. Paul paid the ultimate price in human terms, though he often said it was worth any price to run the race to the end to obtain the prize he so eagerly awaited.
Father, give me an eager desire for you. Give me that kind of burning passion, rightly placed, to speak words of life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Search me, purify me, and lead me on the path you have established for me. Grant me what you will for your name’s sake that you be praised. Put inside me eagerness to love. Protect me from my own unrighteous desires and give me vision to keep my eyes on you, O Lord. Give me a spirit of eagerness for your service, for obedience, and discernment to avoid the traps of the evil one. I love you, Lord. Amen.