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Per his promise, Jacob faithfully trusted the Lord for 14 years and saw God build his family and his Father in Law’s wealth.  He knew it was time to see God bless him.  So he went to his Father in Law and struck a new deal to help him build his flocks.  He was not greedy, he allowed the deal to favor his father in Law.  Because after 14 years, he had become confident in God’s design.  With Jacob their was no need to lie, cheat or steal, because he had now seen God truly does provide and bless his kids.

We are all to be wary, to use the brains God has blessed us with, but, in the end, it is still his blessing that is most apparent in our lives.  We have to continue to watch him lead in poverty and prosperity.  Jacob had a great life, no worries, plenty of family and great comfort–it would have been easy to simply relax where he was.  But he continued to move forward as God led him.  That is what we must do also.  Even when it is comfortable for us, we need to be sensitive to his lead.  When we do, then we do not become comfortable and arrogant forgetting who is leading the journey.

God Bless You

After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland. 26 Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I’ve done for you.”

27 But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.” 28 He added, “Name your wages, and I will pay them.”

29 Jacob said to him, “You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care. 30 The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?”

31 “What shall I give you?” he asked.

“Don’t give me anything,” Jacob replied. “But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them: 32 Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages. 33 And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen.”