Meditate on Genesis 31: 42 ” If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would have surely sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.”
Jacob hears from the Lord that the time has come for him to return to the land of his father after twenty long hard years of laboring for Laban. We see Jacob walk through the process of seeking confirmation. He receives it from the change in Laban’s attitude, from the agreement of his wives, and finally from God himself.
But Jacob is still fearful so he and his large family flee without telling Laban. Laban pursues the family with ill intent until the Lord comes to him in a dream and warns him not to say anything good or bad to Jacob. He confronts Jacob and pilfers through all of his things looking for the gods that Rachel had stolen. He is unsuccessful in finding the stolen items, and Jacob has had enough.
In verse 42 we see Jacob finally step into the authority God has granted him when he rebukes Laban. He calls him out for the mistreatment and they settle with a covenant to never cause harm to each other.
Up until this point Jacob has seemed to make a lot of decisions from a place of fear. Fear even plagues him after God confirms that He will be with him when he flees Laban and moves back to the land of his father. We see that God’s presence doesn’t always take away our fear. However, through this story, we also get to see Jacob face the very thing he feared. He rebukes his uncle in the name of the Lord, and his uncle has to leave. When God is with us we have all of His power and authority and no man can stop what He has willed for our lives.
Prayer: God thank you that you know how desperately we need confirmation to move forward in your will. Thank you that you provide it, and you give us the power and authority to stand up to any enemy because we have your presence. Lord, help me to trust you even when I am scared and to be obedient even in the midst of opposition. In Jesus’ name amen.
Have you ever let the fear of how someone may respond stop you from being obedient to something God has called you to do?
In what ways does God protect Jacob and his family from Laban?
Memorize Romans 8:30-31 “And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”