The Shoe Is On The Other Foot

Today’s post is going to come from Genesis 29. Genesis 29:25 says, “So it came to pass in the morning, that behold it was Leah. And he said to Laban, ‘What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served you? Why have you deceived me?'”

The deceiver has been deceived! After tricking and manipulating his father and stealing what was his brother’s, Jacob has to run away. He comes to his uncle’s land. His uncle’s name is Laban. Jacob sees Rachel and it was love at first sight. He decides he is going to marry her. He goes and talks with Laban, and they agree on the terms for the marriage. Jacob is to work for Laban for seven years, and then he can marry Rachel. However, on the wedding day, Laban pulls a fast one. Instead of giving Rachel to be married to Jacob, Laban gives his oldest daughter, Leah, to be married to Jacob. Jacob doesn’t realize that he had been duped until the next morning. This is the first time Jacob is getting a taste of is own medicine, but it won’t be the last time. So what are the lessons for us in this?

One lesson that we can learn from this is how God uses everything as a means to prepare us for what He is going to do in us and through us. Jacob didn’t realize it at the time, but this was going to be the first step in God’s process of breaking Jacob of his deceitful ways. As we discussed in an earlier post, God uses every day situations to draw us to Himself. We will see the change that happens in Jacob in a few chapters, but this was the beginning of God changing Jacob. The other lesson that we should take away from this is the importance of being truthful. We need to be truthful no matter what, regardless of what it costs us, because in the end we will always pay a higher price when the lie is exposed. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon wrote, “lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight” (Prov. 12:22). Sometimes, it isn’t easy telling the truth, especially if it is going to hurt someone. But in the end, if we choose to lie, we will end up hurting them more in the end when they learn the truth. The final lesson we should take from this is to be a man/woman of our word. I can still hear my grandpa and dad saying, “Son, a man is only as good as his word.” Jesus said, “Let your yes be yes, and your no be no, for anything more than this is from the evil one” (Mt. 5:37). One of the hardest parts of life is this, people are going to lie to you at times. Truth be told, we lie to others from time to time as well. But, we can take joy in knowing this, God not only does not lie, but Titus 1:2 says that God cannot lie. Therefore, when we come to His Word, we can know whatever it says is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. This is why we should come to Him when we need wisdom, because He will reveal the truth about our situation, and point us in the right direction this time and every time.

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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