GENESIS 29 IN FOCUS
THINK ABOUT IT:
Why is life full of challenges?
Who are the sons of God?
What must we pursue in life?
When is it good to relax in life?
A wife is an asset but a good wife is worth more than an asset. ‘A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.’ Proverbs 31: 10. Jacob needed a wife.
Adam and Eve were created into a serene atmosphere where they had access to all their needs. They were however not just to enjoy all those goodies but to work. ‘ 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Jacob had been blessed by his father Isaac. The eyes of God were upon him. He was even fortunate to have seen the presence of God in his dream. One would have expected then that life would have been so easy for him but Jacob was still in pursuance of something, a wife. Recall that Abraham sent for a wife for Isaac. Though Abraham was a chosen one, he still did take a step for what he wanted for his son Isaac, a good wife.
It wouldn’t be so easy to use a stone as a pillow but that remember Jacob did use it. It takes tenacity to pursue. Jacob needed a wife but though the eyes of God were upon his life, he had to pursue to get what he wanted. Jacob had been through thick and thins before reaching Paddan Aram
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’.
So many of us do fast and pray a lot for our heart desires but we least pursue to take what our heart desires. Life is full of challenges and it is only those who can challenge the challenges with tenacity who will obtain their desires.
Remember that God will give you the grace to do what you must do but you must do what you must do.
Stand up, arise! There is no time like now to do what you must do. Your heart desires shall always be your heart desires until you pursue with tenacity to bring vision into reality.
PONDER : if you will think about something from January to December, do something from January to December
Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram
29 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. 2 There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. 3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.
4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”
“We’re from Harran,” they replied.
5 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.”