June 15– Genesis 29:15-35
June 15– Genesis 29:15-35
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Heavenly Father, help me wait on You. Help me to know Your way is always best. I am so impatient and want everything today. The world is all about instant gratification and getting everything today and then we don’t appreciate it because we didn’t have to wait for it…work for it. Teach me to wait on You. I don’t have to wait on the world, but I do need to learn to wait on You. The world lives at a different pace and with a different agenda than You do. Help me to live in Your world, at Your pace and with Your passion. Help me to see where I can make a difference. This life and this world will pass all too soon, and I will look back and realize everything I did that wasn’t a part of Your plan, was just a waste of time and energy. Everything the world sees as important will burn away and be nothing, but the souls that I can impact for You, that will matter for eternity. Help me make an eternal impact for You!
In Jesus’ name.
Once again, we see deception as the method used by man to get the results HE desires. God is ignored and Laban believes he knows what is best.
Sometimes, we, too, refuse to wait and manipulate a situation. As you reflect on your life, perhaps you remember a time or two where you manipulated a situation.
Ask God for forgiveness. Call upon the Lord and wait patiently. God’s plan is always best.
15 Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?"16 Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.17 Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance.18 Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel."19 Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me."20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.21 Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed."22 So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast.23 But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her.24 (Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.)25 And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?"26 Laban said, "It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years."28 Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.29 (Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.)30 So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years.31 When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, "Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me."33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, "Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also." And she called his name Simeon.34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, "Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons." Therefore his name was called Levi.35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, "This time I will praise the Lord." Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.