Genesis 31:36,38,41-42 Then Jacob became angry and contended with Laban; and Jacob said to Laban, “What is my transgression? What is my sin that you have hotly pursued me?... “These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten the rams of your flocks... “These twenty years I have been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flock, and you changed my wages ten times. “If the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had not been for me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the toil of my hands, so He rendered judgment last night.”
It's been 10 days since I've put pen to paper and the reason is that I took a holiday with my family. Feels good to be back at the writing desk again with the Lord as my guide and the word as his map to us.
This spat between Jacob and Laban may not be unknown to you but like in everything in the word of God, it speaks volumes into our lives when read with the guidance of God through His Holy Spirit.
Twenty years before, Jacob ran away from home to get away from Esau who wanted to murder him. He came to his mother's brother Laban to live in safety and ended up being a slave to his uncle in exchange for his daughters Rachel and Leah and then for his flocks.
We know that God has been with Jacob from the beginning but what is hard to understand is why then Jacob suffered so much if God were on his side?
Jacob's life in his father's home was marked by deceit and cunning and his life in Laban's home was marked by his hard work and God's blessing. God reminded him time and time again that He will be faithful and Jacob believed and walked in faith.
However, we must remember here that Jacob ran. Yes, Jacob ran from Esau for safety and has been running since. He now ran from Laban and was running back to Esau and this seems strange.
We as humans have a tendency of running away from our problems rather than dealing with them in fear that we will suffer but what happens is that we eventually have to face our issues, regardless of how far we run.
God graciously provided for Jacob all these years and now used the present spat with Laban to bring Jacob back home and in so doing also helped him deal with his differences with Laban.
Are you running from your troubles? Do you think God will not be able to help you overcome them? I pray today that we would realize that to break strongholds, we need to take the first step of faith and God will take the rest.
Lets bring before God all our Esau's and Laban's and ask Him for His help to help us confront and deal with them. God is ever faithful and ever loving and seeks to bless us if we will let Him. Are you willing?
In His Loving Service,
Exodus 3:7-8 The LORD said, "I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. “So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
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