“ The LORD has blessed you through everything I’ve done ” (Genesis 30:30).
As we read the story surrounding Jacob we see God’s promise playing out already on day 11 of our reading. God reminded Jacob about the blessing given to Abraham, “and all who bless you will be blessed” (27:29). All of us here, who want to please the Lord are no different than Jacob was. He, too wanted to please the Lord. His life was set apart for the purpose of God. This is an important truth that needs to define who we are today. Once we truly get this, our disposition toward our marriage, our place of work, our trials, – all will be seen through the lens of our Father. Everything that happens will be viewed in His perfect will.
Jacob was mistreated in more ways than one. God remained with him, showing that truly He will take care of us, no matter what; even if, those around us may be mistreating us. Just look how he allowed Jacob to thrive. Human nature gets us to retaliate to those that are not being kind. To give in to this, just makes us blend in to the world’s ways of handling conflict. Remember, our life is set apart. We are called to live a life of difference. A life of obedience to God’s way. A life set apart for the purpose of God.
Trust in God’s plan for our life today. Know that we belong to our Father and that He has given us everything that we need to remain close to Him. Trusting God when nothing seems to be working out is difficult. We are seeing through these role-models, that it remains harder to live with the consequences of taking matters into our own hands by manipulating and influencing those around us. With patient endurance we must wait for God to pull us through.
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41).
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” (Romans 8:28) to those of us who have been set apart by God.