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Jacob and Laban, Genesis 30:25-31
The dysfunction between Jacob and Laban which has festered over 20
years, finally comes to a head in this chapter. Jacob receives the
first direct revelation he has had from God in those twenty years, and
he is told to go back home. This fits perfectly with what Jacob was
already feeling in his spirit and lines up circumstantially, in that
both of his wives are in agreement. In order to make himself
"financially secure" before he makes his move, Jacob goes through some
bizarre measures to ensure his flock will increase. Having the animals
mate in front of the striped branches and later in front of the striped
flock, seemed ridiculous until I got to chapter 31. There we read that
an angel spoke to him in a dream, telling him that God has seen Laban's
mistreatment and that He is responsible for the striped and speckled
animals. What seemed to be the work of Jacob's effort and cunning, was
God all along. This is so much like us. We are quick to think ourselves
very clever or talented; somehow the authors of our own good fortune.
And all along, it is God who works in and around us to give us the
successes we claim as our own.
About Melissa Gibbs:
Melissa is the mother of four boys and the wife of her junior high sweetheart, JD. He is the President of Joe Gibbs Racing and the son of NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs. JD and Melissa have been married 16 years and are actively involved with Young Life, Motor Racing Outreach, their church, and other ministries. Their youngest son Taylor is nearing completion of a 3 year treatment protocol for leukemia, which has been a powerful faith walk for their family. Since his diagnosis, Melissa has been called upon to share their family's testimony with many local churches. Much of her energy is now focused on a huge festival planned for mid May in celebration of Taylor's victory over leukemia and in effort to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. If you'd like to check out what she's up to while not blogging, go to www.finishlinefestival.com.
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