Today’s Tasting: Genesis 30-31: Jacob fled from Laban and set out for Canaan with his wives Leah and Rachel and their twelve sons and one daughter, along with all the livestock he had obtained. Rachel also stole her father’s household gods and took them with her. Laban chased after Jacob and his family, seemingly more interested in retrieving his household gods than seeing his daughters and grandchildren. While he was on his way God came to him in a dream and warned him not to harm Jacob. Laban caught up with Jacob and searched for his household gods, but he couldn’t find them because Rachel had hidden them in the cushion on which she sat.
Laban offered to make a covenant with Jacob to settle their quarrel. His covenant with Jacob was that they would stay away from each other in peace and not bring harm to one another. He had seen and heard how the Lord protected and provided for Jacob. Jacob offered a sacrifice to God on the mountain and invited everyone to a covenant feast. The following morning Laban returned home. Both men honored the covenant and remained within their boundaries.
Today’s Nourishment: Jacob abandoned his father-in-law and Rachel stole his pagan gods, which gave Laban reason to be angry. But God spoke to Laban, although he was living as a nonbeliever. The Lord went to drastic measures to protect Jacob and his family. Laban concluded that Jacob’s God was worthy of recognition, because his eyes had seen and his ears had heard from the One True God. Jacob, for his part, offered a sacrifice (worshiped) the Lord in everyone’s presence. Then he extended an invitation to a feast (a sign of blessing).
Pray with me: Lord, we trust you for protection in our own circumstances and life. We pray that others around us may recognize you as our Lord when eyes see and ears hear how you provide for, protect, and care for us. As we worship you, our prayer is that others may recognize and enter into a feast with you and your believers to enjoy Jesus, the Son of the God who sees and loves.
As you live today, what will others see in your God? What will others recognize about your God?
Tomorrow’s Delight: Genesis 32-34
Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC