faith, Genesis Series

Genesis 30 Unmerited Favor

Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 30.

Meditate on Genesis 30:43 “In this way, the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.”

The “Who can have the Most Babies” competition rages on between Rachel and Leah. Each time one of the sisters conceives whether naturally or through a servant, the sisters seem to taunt one another. Bickering back and forth.

Then Jacob and Laban also get into a dispute as Jacob desires to move back to his homeland with his growing family. Jacob goes on to devise a plan to grow his flock of sheep and become stronger than Laban. And in verse 30 we see that God blesses it and allows all this mess to go on.

By this point, you’re probably wondering how in the world God could bless such envious, covetous, sneaky people. How could he let this continue? How could he hear two sisters make such outrageous claims as to why God has given them another child and still hear them and seemingly answer their prayers? How could God grow a flock of sheep for a man that is still deceiving and conniving like he did to his own father?

We’d be wise to notice the pattern because it is a precious reminder of the character of God. It is not on our account that God keeps His promises. Long before Jacob, Rachel, Leah, even me and you came on the scene with all of our sin-filled choices God had established a plan. God had entered into a covenant with Jacob’s grandfather Abraham. And because of that covenant God was not going back on His promise. He would continue to display His good plan and love for us even in the face of our sinful nature.

This family is rewarded the great blessings and answers to the promises in their lives because of their ties to Abraham, not because they are a perfect family. Much like when we are adopted into God’s family, in spite of how we are still plagued by sin, the promises and blessings of knowing Jesus are ours.

Prayer: God thank you that you are you even though I am me. God, you know how messed up I still am even after you have adopted me as your own, yet I will still see your promises. I will still be blessed as a byproduct of belonging in your family. God, you are so good to me. Help me to not use that as an excuse to go on sinning, but as motivation to turn from my sin and honor you with my life by pointing others to you. In Jesus’ name’ amen.

Application:

How do we see Leah, Rachel & Jacob inherit the favor of God even though their actions do not merit it?

How have you seen God’s grace in your own life similarly?

Memorize John 1:16 “From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.”

&

Romans 11:6 “And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is – free and undeserved.”

 

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