GENESIS 29 IN FOCUS
After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, 15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.”
THINK ABOUT IT
What is your vision in life?
What mission do you want to accomplish?
What hurdles are you facing?
Why will you give up on your purpose?
How often do you meet the disappointments of life?
What are your heart desires?
Do you know who you are?
Life is full of uncertainties. Our very heart desires are not met or probably we may get them in a different form. The same joy we might be having today might become our sorrow tomorrow. The same car we purchase for faster and comfortable transportation becomes our woe. But we must live life. We must accomplish the race of life leaving distinctive footprints.
Jacob had a vision, to get a good wife from a specific group of people. He had pursued to get to his destination. Jacob had seen what he wanted but after a seven good years of service to Laban so as to get his desired woman, he instead gets deception.
20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, …”
22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob,
The same deception he showed to his brother Esau met him. Nothing just vanishes. ‘Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.‘
Jacob, regardless of the deceptions he met, still knew what he really wanted, Rachel.
It is amazing to see the plans and great vision of so many people. It is sad to notice how some people give up on their goals so easily because of difficulty and the attitude of people. It is pathetic to ponder over how some people use life excuses as reasons for staying in perpetual averageness.
Life is a problem and you are the solution. If you also become a problem, then who are you? Disappointments, hurdles, mockery, pain, hunger, loneliness in purpose, rejections, are all necessary barriers to cross so as to accomplish the vision in our mission of life. Onward go! Onward match! Onward dare without retreating, onward pursue to get to the real goal regardless of the woes of life.
Life will always present you with a ‘suitable’ alternative to your real purpose. Know who you are and be who you are. Jesus Christ was offered earthly kingship but, He rejected it because He knew His real focus, a heavenly kingship.
‘So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.’
let your real purpose inspire you to dare regardless of how arduous the errand may be
PONDER: Somebody has done it, why not you?
Let me love and not be requited.
Let me serve and not be rewarded.
Let me labor and not be remembered.
Let me suffer and not be regarded.
Let me pour wine, while I drink not.
Let me break bread, while I keep not,
Pour my life out that others be blessèd,
Be in suff’ring that they be contented
None to pity me or care for me,
None to praise me or to console me.
I would rather be desolate, wretched,
Lonely, friendless, and wrongly treated.
With my blood and tears pay the price to gain the crown,
Suffer loss that I might a pilgrim’s life live out,
For, Lord, this is how You lived Your life
when You walked on this earthly sphere,
Gladly bore all loss that those who drew near
Could be freed from all suffering and fear.