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Jacob took his first step of faith. He went to the land of his relatives and began the search for his family. It was like finding a needle in a haystack…EXCEPT–that God led him to the very community well that his uncle used at the very moment his cousin was arriving with the family flocks. What a coincidence.
As we see the lives of those that trust God, coincidences seem to happen all the time…right when they need to. Our God does not do coincidence. He executes his plan in a way that leaves no doubt he is in charge. Jacob had never been to this place or met these folks. The tribesmen were not the “Southern hospitality” type and did not typically help strangers. By God’s design, Jacob was where he needed to be when he needed to be there.
In our lives, many seeming coincidences are simply divine intervention. God hears our prayers and proceeds to answer our prayers in ways that can only be explained by his leading. When he does that, we need to remember those acts and use them as reminders on those days when we want to throw in the towel and give up. God tells us to trust him and to never give up or give in–he will meet our needs. If we will cling to the prayers he has already answered, then we will be able to patiently await the answers yet to come–and even if some of those answers are no, we can maintain our faith knowing he executes his will effortlessly and flawlessly–Hallelujah!
God Bless You
He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”
“Yes, we know him,” they answered.
6 Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”
“Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”
7 “Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”
8 “We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.”
9 While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud. 12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.
13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. 14 Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”