GENESIS 31 IN FOCUS
‘2 And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been.‘
THINK ABOUT IT
How do you feel when you see others prospering?
Why do you envy the lives of others?
How do you feel when what really belongs to you go to somebody else you know?
Do you have patience?
How closer are you to God?
Is the spirit of God dwelling in you?
Do you have envy in you?
Envy can be dangerous. Envy can trigger massacre. Envy can disintegrate even the most loyal and royal bond. The world is suffering today because of the spirit of envy. People are enacting serious evil acts against their fellow workers at the work place because of envy. Siblings are not at peace with one another because of envy.
Envy produces pain that can trigger evil thoughts and actions. When we notice an increase in the life of others, how do we take it? People will do all things at all cost to stop others from progressing because of envy. When you see envy, take precaution. Jacob noticed what was coming his way 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.”
Sometimes, when we experience increase in all that we do, we experience insecurity in all that we do. Rich men opt for highly sophisticated security apparatuses. They seek to employ well skilled watchmen over their lives and properties. Yes! That is for good but the Bible says: ‘ Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.’Psalm 127:1
The eyes of God were upon Jacob. Jacob had earnestly served Laban but Laban wanted to cheat him. It is so sad to see how some employers of our today’s world cheat their employees. They make their employees work to the very atom of their strengths and pay them just a one-tenth of what is due them. ‘For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”
God blessed Jacob regardless of the situation he found himself in. God spoke to Jacob not- withstanding what he was seeing. Laban meant it for evil but God meant it for good for Jacob. Paul wrote in Romans 8 : 28 ” And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purposed…”
Be cautious how you envy people who have the eyes of God upon their lives. Be careful how you deal with people who walk with the presence of God.
God shall always protect His own ‘For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. ‘
PONDER : when you see envy, pause and ponder
BY: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
No, I shall envy them no more,
Who grow profanely great,
Though they increase their golden store,
And rise to wondrous height.
They taste of all the joys that grow
Upon this earthly clod!
Well, they may search the creature through,
For they have ne’er a God.
Shake off the thoughts of dying too,
And think your life your own;
But death comes hastening on to you,
To mow your glory down.
Yes, you must bow your stately head,
Away your spirit flies,
And no kind angel near your bed,
To bear it to the skies.
Go now, and boast of all your stores,
And tell how bright you shine;
Your heaps of glittering dust are yours,
And my Redeemer’s mine.