GENESIS 30 IN FOCUS
42 but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob
THINK ABOUT IT:
How do you see life?
How do you wish to win the game of life?
What do you think wisdom is?
How do you ensure increase in what you do?
Jacob had been through a lot. He had served Laban but he refused to be rewarded. Jacob however had an increase in his stock.
Jacob knew when to fetch rain water when it was raining heavily but not when the rains were stopping.
Life demands wisdom. ‘The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.’ Proverbs 4:7
Wisdom is what will make us prosper. Wisdom can give us wealth whilst wealth cannot give us wisdom. We must seek for Godly wisdom in all that we do so as to be prosperous in our endeavor. There are so many people who end up their lives from greatness into bankruptcy because of the absence of wisdom.
A wisdom mentality thinks not only of today but tomorrow as well. We can do mighty things with wisdom without wealth. History never said the Wrights brothers were the richest men on earth when they invented aircraft. History never said Nelson Mandela was the richest man when he stood for the liberation of his people. We ought to pray for the wisdom of God for greatness.
Jacob applied wisdom and hard work and he increased his stock wealth. A life without wisdom always lacks and least increases.
PONDER: When things go wrong, think of wisdom
Jacob’s Flocks Increase
25 After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland. 26 Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I’ve done for you.”
27 But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.” 28 He added, “Name your wages, and I will pay them.”
29 Jacob said to him, “You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care. 30 The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?”
31 “What shall I give you?” he asked.
“Don’t give me anything,” Jacob replied. “But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them: 32 Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages. 33 And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen.”
34 “Agreed,” said Laban. “Let it be as you have said.” 35 That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs, and he placed them in the care of his sons. 36 Then he put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban’s flocks.
37 Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. 38 Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink, 39 they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted. 40 Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban’s animals. 41 Whenever the stronger females were in heat, Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches, 42 but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob. 43 In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.