Text: Genesis 31:40
“This was my situation, the heat consumed me in the daytime, the cold at night and sleep fled from my eyes; it was like this for the twenty years I spent in your household. I worked fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks yet you changed my wages ten times. If the God of Abraham and Isaac had not been with me, surely you would have sent me away empty-handed…” Genesis 31:40-42
These verses of scriptures narrate Jacob’s ordeal in the hands of his uncle Laban.
Jacob’s parents were Isaac and Rebecca; he was also the grandson of Abraham and the twin brother of Esau.
His name meant heel catcher, trickster, deceiver, cunning and crafty; from an early age, Jacob took advantage of his father and older brother
- Isaac (Genesis 27:18-30)
- Esau (Genesis 27:36)
In spite of the fact that Isaac’s youngest son did not possess a desirable nature and character, the Lord said in Romans 9:13 “…Jacob I love, but Esau I hate.”
Have you ever wondered why?
Hebrews 12:6 says “See that no one is sexually immoral or is godless like Esau who for a single meal sold his birth right as the oldest son.”
In other words, the gratification of the flesh was more important to Esau than spiritual blessings; whilst Jacob did everything humanly possible to obtain his brother’s spiritual blessings because of its significance.
Believers, people judge by what they see but God looks at the heart!
Prior to our text, the Lord had instructed Jacob to leave Laban’s house and return to his father’s country (Genesis 31:3); unbeknown to Isaac’s son, he was about to have a face to face encounter with God.
Genesis 32:24-30 tells us how this man’s encounter with the supernatural changed his name and nature!
Please note, it was after Jacob confessed who he really was to the angel of the Lord that a blessing was pronounced over his life, which brought an end to the drought he had experienced for so many years (V28)
It is therefore important that you and I are transparent and sincere when we pray to our heavenly Father.
Your situation may be dire today but be encouraged knowing that the God of Jacob is also your God!
Pastor G Ferguson.