Today’s reading is Genesis 29-30.

Lest we think Jacob just got away with his swindling, deception, and lies, we see that what goes around comes around. Jacob, fleeing for his life because he took advantage of his father’s inability to see, seeks a wife from Laban, who takes advantage of Jacob’s inability to see. Jacob switched siblings on his father; Laban switched siblings on Jacob. Further, through all of this, Laban brings Jacob into a kind of servitude (not quite the slavery the Israelites face under the Egyptians, but please not the parallel). God is molding Jacob into the kind of servant  He wants. It isn’t always easy and pleasant, but it is growth. There is a reason God lets us face the consequences. They grow us, change us, mold us. They help make us into the people God created us to be. Don’t run from the consequences; learn from them. God will make you into His masterpiece.

Monday’s reading is Genesis 31-32.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, imagine being Jacob. I’m sure he was scared of getting caught when he lied to his father, but when it was all said and done, he got what he wanted. That must have been a thrill. He may have even subconsciously gotten the idea that lying is the way to go. But then the tables got turned. It is not nearly as pleasant to be the one who is deceived and taken advantage of, is it? Before you pursue an action, ask yourself what it might be like to be on the other end of it. It may feel good to yell at someone, belittle someone, lie to someone, get vengeance on someone, or whatever else comes to mind. What does it feel like to be the one yelled at, belittled, lied to, or revenged? Learn from Jacob’s sins and consequences: you’ll avoid a lot of sins if you just treat others the way you want to be treated.

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