Learning from the Past

“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 have changed my wages ten times. If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God saw my affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked you last night”. – Genesis 31:41-42

How many times in our life have we taken matters into our own hands rather entrust them to God’s? I did so many times only to be reminded its fruits are always bitter and things don’t end up going as planned. In this passage, we learn of Jacob’s long-suffering and God’s faithfulness. He was fleeing from his uncle Laban who had cheated and deceived him repeatedly. Jacob for his part wasn’t always a man of honesty as he now accuses his father-in-law of trickery. Twenty years before, together with his mother, Rebekah they craftily snatched from Esau his birthright and Isaac’s blessing. Laban became a painful reminder to Jacob’s past deeds. Through the years Jacob was humbled, matured and remained grateful to the Lord. Likewise, when presented with an opportunity don’t give in to the temptation of achieving that edge with dishonourable means. Be a person of integrity and take the high road. Life isn’t fair but that doesn’t give us the excuse to employ dirty tricks. Trust in God; His ways are perfect and timely.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love and faithfulness. I will always keep that in my heart by not doubting Your plans for me and by trusting all matters to be done in Your time and way. Amen.

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