GENESIS 31 IN FOCUS
23 Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days…
THINK ABOUT IT
How do you feel when you miss something that is so precious to you?
Have you experience real failure before?
How eager are you to get what you want?
What is tenacity?
Why do people leave you?
Jacob served Laban well. For twenty years, Jacob was with Laban, dedicating 14 years of it to serve Laban for his daughters hand in marriage. Why would Jacob decide to move on from Laban’s house after years of staying there? Why did the angel of God tell Jacob to leave where he was?
”… for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you. 13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.”
When things were so difficult for Jacob’s father Isaac, God instructed him not to move though the situation was a bitter one but for Jacob, he was asked to move. How well do we seek for God’s guidance before we do what we do?
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST REGRET?
Proverbs 14 says ‘ There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.’
There are so many people who have taken steps only to come to a regretful later realization that not to have taken such steps would have been better.
We must have reasonable reasons to take steps. We must get the clear signs from God to do what we must do.
22 On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled. 23 Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days…
how do you feel when something that is so precious to you gets lost?
Laban never wanted to miss things that were precious to him. Jacob had taken his heart desires away. Laban needed to go on an arduous errand to rescue his possessions.
HOW WELL DO YOU CARE FOR WHAT HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED IN YOUR HANDS?
Joshua was eager to accomplish his task, he prayed for the sun not to go down until he had finished with his battle and that was tenacity at work.
. 12Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “O sun, stand still at Gibeon, And O moon in the valley of Aijalon.” 13So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.’
What is missing in your life? What are you doing to pursue and restore?
So many of us allow our precious time, thought, energy, attention etc to be stolen by things that least matter yet we least show a sign to stop such things.
So many of us allow the business of our lives to be taken for granted and we least care about it. So many of us allow the most productive portions of our lives to be taken by idleness and things of no solemn value to our maker and we least take action to rescue the perishing parts of our lives.
What is not going well with your today? Think of pursuing to overtake and take!!!
Finally, may it not be part of us to disregard the good things people do for us and pay them evil for good. May it be part of us to appreciate the very atom of goodness people show to us. May it not be a part of us to be called ungrateful. May it be a part of us to appreciate peoples good efforts regardless off how tiny the efforts may be.
Jesus Christ healed ten people and only one came back with thanksgiving
PONDER: when you entertain problems, you shall always have problems
Pursue Him and know Him; be found in Him.
Count all things loss for Him.
Just gain Him, obtain Him; lay hold of Him.
It’s Christ the central vision.
Forgetting the things which are behind,
Press on, pursue with this mind.
By any means each hour now redeem;
Stretch forth, lay hold of Him.
Pursue Him and seize Him, Christ the supreme.
Just love this precious Person.
Forgetting and leaving all other things,
Love Him with your whole being.
Christ now is my center and reality,
My life for eternity.
All things are just dung compared to Him,
So love and just gain Him!