Why did they run? Well they were simply afraid. Jacob was fearful that he would lose his family and accumulated wealth. Rachel took her father’s idols because she was afraid that they would lose their family continuity. Laban was afraid—he would lose whatever blessing he had enjoyed the last 20 years. Amazingly God intervened and warned Laban not to intervene and to be very careful about his treatment of Jacob. If we wonder if God is interested in the plan, he showed it once again in Jacob’s Life.
He will show it in our lives as well. Although we do not always enjoy the path we are on, we can never doubt the path is covered and protected by our father. We have to fall on our face and surrender to his leadership. But as we do we can trust he will be there for us. We need no other idols, not wealth, not security not position; we only need his hand and his leadership. Help me Lord, to trust you and you only for my protection and my provision.
God Bless You
17 Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, 18 and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram,[a] to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.
19 When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods. 20 Moreover, Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away. 21 So he fled with all he had, crossed the Euphrates River, and headed for the hill country of Gilead.
22 On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled. 23 Taking his relatives with him , he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. 24 Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.”
25 Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too. 26 Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done? You’ve deceived me, and you’ve carried off my daughters like captives in war. 27 Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of timbrels and harps? 28 You didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters goodbye. You have done a foolish thing. 29 I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’ 30 Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father’s household. But why did you steal my gods? ”
31 Jacob answered Laban, “I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force. 32 But if you find anyone who has your gods, that person shall not live. In the presence of our relatives, see for yourself whether there is anything of yours here with me; and if so, take it.” Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods.