Now Jacob heard that the sons of Laban were saying, “Jacob has taken all that was our father's, and from what was our father's he has gained all this wealth.” And Jacob saw that Laban did not regard him with favor as before. Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you.”
So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was and said to them, “I see that your father does not regard me with favor as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me. You know that I have served your father with all my strength, yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times. But God did not permit him to harm me. If he said, ‘The spotted shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore spotted; and if he said, ‘The striped shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore striped. Thus God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me.
by: Cheri Appel.
God spoke to Jacob with a second life-changing message. Jacob’s response demonstrated 20 years of spiritual growth. He recognized God’s voice and quickly responded. No overnight wrestling match needed this time! However, Jacob had yet another lesson to be learned—that of trusting God to smooth the way when we follow His Word. Jacob’s desperate hasty actions resulted in Laban’s threatening reaction. God protected Jacob with a warning message to Laban. Letting God lead through His exit plan would have been a better choice. How often do we fall into the same pattern? Let us vow today to have faith in God’s complete plan.