It is funny, really. Jacob simply trusted God, and no matter how Laban tried to cheat Jacob, God never allowed it. What is more, the more Laban tried to cheat Jacob the worse it became for Laban. So, it was time to leave. God told Jacob it was time to go. Leah and Rachel agreed that it was time to go, and so, Jacob and his family prepared to return to Canaan, the place that would be the home of their chosen lineage.
It is a great testimony of a changed heart. Here Jacob the manipulator, deceiver and cheat was now content to let God call the shots. God, in turn was glad to bless and protect Jacob and his family. Now, God was sending Jacob home to continue the mission started by Abraham. Interestingly, Jacob is now ready to trust and follow God during diverse circumstances, and with what is to come, that will become a critical thing. Jacob was God’s guy. He was a mess, but God molded him to lead the family back to Canaan and become God’s chosen people.
God is as involved in our lives as He was in Jacob’s. He sent His spirit to guide and work in our lives. Paul promises in Philippians 1:6–that He who has begun a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Our lives are an ongoing process of sanctification that builds us into the children God has called us to be. God is patient, tenacious, and committed to us. We need to trust Him and allow Him to do all that He sees fit to do. If we will, the Lord will bless us.
God Bless You
Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” 2 And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been.
3 Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”
4 So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were. 5 He said to them, “I see that your father’s attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me. 6 You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength, 7 yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me. 8 If he said, ‘The speckled ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, ‘The streaked ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks bore streaked young. 9 So God has taken away your father’s livestock and has given them to me.
10 “In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted. 11 The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’ 12 And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you. 13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.’”
14 Then Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father’s estate? 15 Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us. 16 Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you.”