“God’s Blessing (Jacob)” by Kirk Hunt
Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times. Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.
Genesis 31:41-42 KJV
“For every Jacob, there is a Laban.” I grew up hearing that phrase, and it never had a fixed meaning. Usually, it was a warning. Sometimes, it was an admonishment. On occasion, it was a comfort.
Jacob, the trickster, met more than his match in Uncle Laban. For 20 years, Jacob lived life in the negative uncertainty of what trick or swindle would hit next. I’m certain the irony was not lost on the man who robbed his own twin brother.
At the end of their time together, Jacob returned home, wealthy, blessed and protected by God. Not because of Jacob’s power or brains, but because of God’s faithfulness and provision. Not even Laban’s cunning is a match for God’s sovereign will.
God didn’t save Jacob from the consequences of his actions. Still, Jacob lived a fruitful, blessed and blessing life. Because Jacob learned to live a Godly life.
No matter what you’re living through, you can live in God’s blessing. Your way may not be easy, but it can still be blessed. And that something not even “Laban” can take away.
Think: God’s blessing is stronger than any thing else.
Pray: “Lord, help me live life Your way.”
Copyright © June 2009, Kirk Hunt