Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. She conceived and bore a son and said, “God has taken away my reproach.” And she called his name Joseph, saying, “May the LORD add to me another son!”
As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country. Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the service that I have given you.” But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your sight, I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you. Name your wages, and I will give it.” Jacob said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you, and how your livestock has fared with me. For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?” He said, “What shall I give you?” Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this for me, I will again pasture your flock and keep it: let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and they shall be my wages.
Thus the man increased greatly and had large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys.
—Genesis 30:22-32, 43
by: Cheri Appel.
In verse 43, nothing but good things were happening to Jacob. He trusted God to increase his flocks while employing current farming methods. God blessed Jacob for being faithful and obedient. The promises God made to him were being fulfilled. Through many years and lessons, Jacob had become a generous, fair, and candid man. As Jacob spoke of how little Laban had when he arrived, this grateful servant attributed all the increase to God. Seeking God’s direction and staying within His will means we will be blessed and also bless those around us. Have you experienced this in your life? Who will you bless today?