Lent Day 9: In Spite of God

Just like with his grandfather, God doesn’t give up on Jacob in spite of his tendency to take control of his own life. After Jacob flees the land he has a great encounter with God.
12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Gen 28:12-15)
Jacob experiences a bit of a “spiritual high” that day, but he doesn’t learn his lesson.  His next temptation to control is more than he can bear.  He sees a beautiful woman when he arrives to the land of his mother, and he has to have her.  He doesn’t have the money to pay a dowry for her so he offers to work seven years to pay for her hand in marriage. I’ll give it to you, Laban was deceitful in giving his daughter Leah to Jacob instead of his promised daughter Rachel, but Jacob still had a choice in the matter.  Jacob was not willing to believe that God was in control of the circumstances that lead him to being married to Leah instead of Rachel.   He was going to have what he wanted in spite of God’s will.  Sound familiar?

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