Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January 11

While Jacob was working for his father-in-law, he kept up a good work ethic. Even though he was 'tricked' into working for Laban much longer than the original deal, Jacob did not complain or take things out on Laban. Jacob continued to grow in his faith and in his spiritual journey and God kept his promises to him. While serving Laban, he was successful in everything he did. He became very wealthy, but still was afraid Laban would try and take everything away from him. After he took his family and his flocks and fled back to the land of Canaan, Laban ran him down in anger to stop him, but Jacob kept his honor. They ended up renewing their relationship and set up a treaty to not cause harm on each other.

Genesis 31:52
"They stand between us as witnesses of our vows. I will never pass this pile of stones to harm you, and you must never pass these stones or this monument to harm me."

Jacob probably felt some resentment towards Laban for the unfair treatment he received from him. I believe God wants us to mend broken relationships so that we don't hold grudges against other people. How can we truly love God when we don't truly love and forgive His creation and our brothers and sisters?

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