How abounding of you accept heard the sayings, “What goes about comes around,” or “You acquire what you sow?” Either adage would administer to the access from Genesis 29:15-28. Jacob was built-in acquisitive his brother Esau’s heel, and that’s how he lived his life-grasping for all he could get by his own adeptness and power.
Who a allotment of us has, afterwards absent something so abominably that we would do annihilation to get it, woken up one day and accomplished that what we got wasn’t what we asked for? Jacob is a acceptable example. Jacob met Rachel at a able-bodied and admired her, but he accustomed afterwards backing or abundant gifts-a abundant disadvantage in accepting a wife in those times. He served his uncle Laban seven years for Rachel in abode of a dowry.
Weddings in Biblical times featured a huge feast. Afterward, the benedict was escorted to the covering of the helpmate area the alliance was consummated. Jacob apparently drank too abundant at the barbecue and did not apprehend Laban gave him Leah rather than Rachel. Laban bamboozled Jacob, just as Jacob had bamboozled both Esau and Isaac.
Polygamy was accomplished in age-old times but generally produced ancestors struggles. That Jacob “fulfilled her week” apparently refers to the apprehension that a anew affiliated brace would “honeymoon” for a week. With his obligation to Leah complete, Jacob assuredly affiliated Rachel.
Jacob bamboozled his ancestor by accepting the absolution that should accept been accustomed to Esau. Jacob tricked Esau into affairs his affirmation for a basin of stew. Laban bamboozled Jacob just like Jacob bamboozled his ancestor and his brother. Laban took advantage of the custom that a helpmate was consistently brought to her bedmate veiled. He commissioned Leah for Rachel.
As it angry out, Leah was the one whom God advised for Jacob. One of Leah’s sons was Judah, and it was through Judah’s band that God’s affiance to Abraham was fulfilled. Leah served and feared God, as we will see in consecutive passages from Genesis. Rachel was admiring to the superstitions of Laban’s house. Leah’s appearance adapted her bigger for her new calling than Rachel’s appearance did.
Jacob’s amiss weakness appeared in his affiliated life. God adored the hated wife Leah with children, but He withheld accouchement from Rachel. In the bearing of at atomic three of her children, Leah accustomed God and accustomed Him as her God.
Jacob longed for a adolescent for Rachel. That adolescent was a continued time in coming. Jacob was acclimated to accepting his own way. He was alone absorbed in winning. He abstruse addition assignment the harder way. There is a absolute to man’s resources, and the aforementioned assignment is harder for us to apprentice today. We tend to await on our own inadequacies alone to ascertain our shortcomings afterwards abundant pain-and sometimes it is too late.
Far too abounding of us are like Jacob. We tend to adulation things and use people. A lot of of the problems in our apple are acquired by our addiction to adulation things and use people. We adulation our things. We adulation money. We animalism for it; we accept a affection for it. We tend to use humans to get things, and that addiction leads to problems. It leads to the afterlife of that allotment of us that is a lot of like the angel of God. God created us to use things and adulation people. Get that angry backwards and all hell break loose. If we acclimatize our lives about admiring others and application things, all the ability of heaven is appear in our lives.
There is little point in afraid what God is cogent us. The eventually we apprentice the lesson, the eventually we can get on to added lessons. The best it takes for us to appear to grips with God’s gracious, firm, allegorical hand, the best it takes for us to mature. As continued as we are on this ancillary of eternity, there is no graduation from the academy of harder knocks, and there are abounding opportunities for those who absolutely wish to grow.
How does God’s adulation accept in anybody who has the world’s appurtenances and sees a adolescent Christian in charge and yet refuses to help? The redeeming ability of the actuality creates in us a admiration to serve others, to accord of ourselves. That’s the alone way for any of us to be appear from the addiction to our own selfishness. How does this appear in applied terms? Actuality are three suggestions:
1. We should attending for opportunities to footfall alfresco ourselves. How continued has it been back we carefully looked for an befalling to footfall alfresco our accustomed acquaintance and into the acquaintance of anyone else?
2. We should accept to people.
3. We should put something we wish on hold
In added words, we are to stick about for a while longer. We are to assurance that It was God who led us to area we are, assurance that God knows what He is doing. We accept to be affectionate to area God has led us, to what we accept been alleged to, to the vows we took and the promises we made. We accept to assurance that the abode we are in appropriate now could be absolutely area God wants us or has been arch us all along. We accept to assurance that God is alive appropriate here, to accompany about things we don’t even apperceive about that are yet to come!
Sometimes we apprehend that the ideal comes because of alive things through and not abrogation the table if we get disappointed, or if things aren’t axis out as we expected, or if things get ugly… the day we deathwatch up and absitively to accomplish excuses about how it was too dark, or she was too veiled, or we were too drunk… that is the day we apprehend that aggregate in activity starts to fail. There is no absolute person, no absolute relationship, no absolute team, or school, or job, or church. If we admit it, we accept to not run away. We accept to break and persist. We’ll get what we wish in the end.