Over the last few weeks, I’ve studied about Jacob’s life. Jacob had been told by his father Isaac to find a wife among the daughters of Laban so he traveled to Laban’s home near Haran. After he meets Laban’s daughter Rachel, a deal was made with Laban to work for him for seven years in return for being able to marry Rachel. The seven years only seemed like a few days because of Jacob’s love for her.
In reading Genesis 30, we got examples of just how omnipotent and sovereign God is because in everything from bearing children to career success, we see that God is the ONE who is in control. In studying the life of Jacob, we see how hard he worked and how he developed skills in raising livestock. He was shrewd and used his skills to become a very prosperous man that God would use to start a great nation.
Life was not always easy for Jacob. Laban’s sons accused Jacob of taking away their father’s wealth but Jacob had faith that he could do anything with God’s help. He had hope that God would pull him through this situation and it did. God’s way is the winning way. As we compete in the fast paced race of life, nothing is more important than being highly favored by God because He is big enough to make up for our deficiencies and provide the power to get us across to the finish line in grand fashion.
By initiating spiritual growth with regular Bible Study and reflecting on experiences along the journey, there will be spiritual maturity. What we write about today may not sink in but let’s write it anyway and someday our words like seeds will take root. Refuse to stop. Instead, do God’s work and eventually will blossom a flower for the world to see.
The mission of this blog is to bring out ways to apply God’s Word in our life at work, at home, and within our neighborhoods. The below questions for reflection for the upcoming study are laid out below to help bring out some thoughts and ideas over the next two weeks.
What has happened to both Esau and Jacob since the brothers were last together? What can you learn here about resolving conflicts with others? What positive action can you take today to resolve a conflict with someone?
What is the temptation presented to Jacob? How does he meet it? Should God’s attitude toward marriage written in today’s passage affect our thoughts about marriage today?
What has happened to Jacob between his first encounter with God at Bethel and his return? What has gone wrong? What else happens to affect Jacob during this crisis period? What can we learn about God’s character in this passage?
What marks the differences between the families, possessions, and attitudes of Esau and Jacob? In what lands do they settle? What difference does realizing that your “small” evil actions today can have long-term, far-reaching implications make in your living?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast