Today’s text for Blogging Through The Bible in 2020 is going to come from Genesis 31. Genesis 31:12 says, “And He said, ‘Lift your eyes now and see, all the rams which leap on the flocks are streaked, speckled, and gray-spotted; for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you.'”
This verse is Jacob relaying to his wives what God said to him in a dream. Jacob has been told by God to flee from father-in-law, Laban. Laban at this point has been dealing deceitfully with Jacob for the last 20 years. In many way, Jacob is learning what it was like for his brother, Esau, when Jacob was deceiving him. God comforts Jacob however by telling him that He has seen everything that Laban has done, and God promised that He was going to take care of Jacob and his family.
One of the realities of living in a fallen, sinful world is people are going to mistreat you, use you, and manipulate you for their own purposes. And as hard as it is to take, we need to learn to keep a proper perspective. In the grand scheme of things, what people do to us doesn’t matter in eternity. No one can keep you from loving and obeying God. They can make it hard and uncomfortable, but they are not able to change your standing with God. This is because only God can save us. In Romans 12:19, the apostle Paul writes, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay says the Lord.” Therefore, ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.'” Let’s try not to focus too much on the whole heaping coals of fire on someone’s head. God was communicating in that while they are trying to get a reaction out of you to accuse you; when you do the right thing, you turn their evil and malice back on them. The key part is where God says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” Jesus said in Matthew 5 that we are to “turn the other cheek.” It is admittedly hard to do this, because we feel taken advantage of, lied about, manipulated, and used. So how can we do this? We can remember what Jesus went through so that we could be saved. I’m not downplaying the hurt others have caused you in the past. What I am saying, is that regardless of what you have gone through, we have never been crucified unjustly. Turning the other cheek means that we are learning to trust Jesus for our life, and to trust that He sees what we did, said, and even our attitudes. When we seek revenge, we are demonstrating pride, believing that we can’t trust God to defend us. As Jacob said to his wives, “God sees it all.” That isn’t just talking about what other say, think, or do to us. It also applies to us. Therefore, we must ask God to help us keep our heart clean before Him in regards to others. God is big enough to handle it. He may not handle it the way we want Him to, and He may not handle it when we want Him to, but He is going to handle it. Will you and I trust Him to work it out His way, in His timing, for His glory? Or will we take matters into our own hands, and have their sin become our sin?
By His grace and for His glory,