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Laban was out to get even—He gathered up his posse and was off to capture his son-in-law.  He was going to show Jacob who was boss—BUT, while he was in pursuit, God interceded. Laban went to stop Jacob, God made it clear that Jacob was to be unharmed, untouched and undeterred.  So when he arrived, Laban made a fuss, but ultimately released his daughters, and their families into Jacob’s and ultimately into God’s hands. As difficult as it was, Laban had no choice. He could deceive friends and family, but he could not fool God.  At that moment, Laban realized what Jacob learned long before—Jacob was God’s chosen man.  He was under God’s care and a part of God’s economy—free from the control of men.

When we receive Christ as our Lord and savior, we also become one of God’s chosen.  As we follow him, we may be pursued by many.  They may have ill intentions and plans to do evil, but, unless God allows it—they will be thwarted.  We become so unhappy when life hands us difficult circumstances. Like Jacob, we must accept that God has a plan for us and will not allow the world to disrupt the plan.  Like Jacob, we need only follow him and move forward and allow him to do the rest.  We may not know his plan—but, we can trust it as what is best for us. In that, we may never know how he intercedes on our behalf.  We may never notice the times he saves us from the world’s attacks.  We simply continue to move forward and remain grateful.  Then at different points, we can look back and see the pillars of God’s intervention.  If we will remember those points, it will be easier to trust God with our life concerns. God remains present and active in our lives—we simply have to trust him to do what he has always done.

God Bless You

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.’