Genesis 16:2; Genesis 25:23
God promised Abraham many decendents--but Sarah was barren.
Having grown old, and still childless, Sarah decided to help God. "Go into my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her (Genesis 16:2)."
When Rebekah was pregnant with twins, the Lord told her that the older would serve the younger (Genesis 25:23.)
Rebekah, too, thought God needed help, especially since Isaac was intent on giving the promised blessing to Esau, the older. So, Rebekah schemed and lied, pulling Jacob right into the middle of her plan.
As I pondered how we, also, try to help God, I heard a whisper in my heart:
"They weren't trying to HELP me.
"They were trying to HURRY me."
Color me convicted.