There are moments when we find ourselves in harsh circumstances. There are times when we find ourselves surrounded by unkind people. And this was true of Jacob who endured the worst of his uncle Laban in stride. Eventually, after twenty years of living in the home of a manipulative and deceitful extended member, the Lord commanded Jacob to leave. It was clear that Laban was enlarging his wealth at the expense of civility, and honesty, with his nephew. Laban was a man who took issue with integrity and tenacity. But as Jacob grew older he was not one to back down when situations were uncomfortable, or challenging. There is a timely message in this passage.
Modern-day believers must not be willing to stand our ground when hardships arise. We must not quickly give up, or surrender. We must meet difficulties in faith, knowing that the eternal, sovereign God, the God of unending strength and glory, is more than capable of supplying what we require emotionally, physically, and spiritually. May we remember that Jacob stuck it out for twenty years with Laban in very undesirable conditions. Jacob stayed even when every fiber of his being likely wanted to flee. In the end, Jacob let God lead his life and his trustful obedience was well placed.
Genesis 31:38 “‘I (Jacob) have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks. I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself.’”(NIV)
Kevin Orr (1/11/2019)