My dear Brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given you for today is from the book of, Genesis 31:42, “If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty handed. But God has seen my hard ship and the toil of my hands, and last night He rebuked you”.
“My Dear Brothers and Sisters, From the above context we understand that if only the God of Abraham had not been with Jacob, Laban would have harmed him. Jacob believed that since God of his father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac had been with him, and because he feared and served with reverence and godly fear, and unless his father’s God had been on his side and had protected him and preserved him his uncle Laban, would have sent, him away empty handed.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, We see in this passage, that Jacob decided to return to his father, Isaac, to the land of Canaan. So he set His sons, and his wives on camels, he carried away all his livestock and all his possessions which he had gained in Padan Aram while working with his uncle Laban. Jacob had not told his uncle that he had decided to flee to his home town. He fled with all that he had, He crossed the river, and headed towards the mountains of Gilead. On hearing the escape of Jacob, Laban overtook Jacob and pitched his tents in the mountains of Gilead, with his brethren. Laban said to Jacob, “ It is in my power to do you harm, but God warned me not to speak neither good, nor bad.” Jacob answered to Laban by the above words, saying, “God had seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, hence He has rebuked you last night.”
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jacob had strong faith that God who called him was faithful. He faced many hardships, in his uncles place. His wages had been changed several times. Inspite of his hard work, his uncle Laban refused to be kind to him. Rather he dealt rudely with him. On hearing that Jacob was escaping Laban chased him but God prevented him from harming, Jacob. In the same way, God will put an end to all those who are planning to do evil against you. God says, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.
“Dear Brothers and Sisters, You might be going through terrible situation, at your work spot, Or you are broken hearted because of financial crisis. You might have to pay back huge debts. Or you have a problem with your relationship . So you are quite disturbed and even think why should I go through all this. Won’t God intervene and help me come out of all my problems. God is always willing to help you when you surrender your lives to Jesus. Therefore cast all your cares upon Him for he cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant, be steadfast in faith . Resist the devil, and humble yourselves, in the mighty hands of God. Then the Lord will exalt you in due time. For He raises the poor out of the dust, He lifts the needy, out of the ash heap. So cast your care upon him and He will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Thank you Lord for being mindful of us. You protected Jacob from his cruel uncle Laban. In the same way Lord protect and safeguard us from the hands of all the evil people. Surround us with Your mercy. Help us to be vigilant and steadfast in our faith. Teach us to humble ourselves in the mighty hands of God that we may be exalted.