Saturday, January 28, 2012
Gen 30:2 and Matt 19:20 "Am I in God's Place?" (January 29)
Jacob cheats his brother; now, Jacob's father-in-law cheats Jacob. Even in the midst of Jacob's mess, it is Divine Providence that leads the empty-handed God-fearing Jacob to a field to meet his wife, Rachel. "What do I still lack?" Matt 19:20. Jacob followed his heart, his emptiness. Tears flow free from Jacob when he meets Rachel. Do you ever ask yourself what your tears are really for? Jacob's tears poured out of his suffering brought on by himself...and his newfound gratitude for the Hand of God leading this 70-year-old man to find a young, beautiful wife. Psalm 32:8 "I will counsel you with My Eye on you." The envy between both of Jacob's wives, Rachel and Leah, is exhausting as they grieve over the good in each other. Wonder why Jacob didn't say---Enough! I'll have no more of this competition by your giving me your maidservants to conceive children for you. No more! So, Leah names her children: "Attached" and "Happy" ~ now her husband will be attached to her; now others will call her happy. Jacob speaks a righteous word: "Am I in God's Place?" Gen 30:2. The God Who withholds. Wonder why Jacob's actions didn't match up to his words? Wonder in my own life why my envy of others doesn't result in tears of repentance? Matt 19:30 "Many who are first will be last, and the last first."
Posted by Bev Brandon @ The Fray at 11:05 PM