Many wives are neglected and even despised by their husbands. Sometimes, they are innocent of wrong doing. Sometimes, they have acted wrongly and not only bear a sense of reproach but also guilt. Yet something good happened to Leah in all of this, and something good can happen for you.
What are principles that guide your life? Jacob had to learn the hard way that God’s guiding principles had to be chiseled into his head and heart. The chiseling, as you may imagine, did not come instantaneously but required years of training and struggle. The amazing thing is not so much that Jacob stayed the course but that God stayed the course with him. If your life is a train-wreck, stay the course, and you will discover that God will stay the course with you to the end.
As many as the promises of God are, in Him they are yes; therefore through Him also is our Amen to the glory of God through us. Jacob made this discovery in the worst time of his life. So can you.
Genesis 26 reveals an amazing, incredible picture of God’s grace in that God continued
to bless Isaac though Isaac had chosen a path of disobedience to the will of God.
Genesis 26 also shows us that God’s lordship demands disciplinary measures in spite
of the blessings, and in this case, the immensity of the discipline is measured by the
abundance of blessings. Isaac eventually found his way home, and so can you. When
you finally arrive, you will discover that that God holds no grudges, but instead,
welcomes you home.
Suffered any panic-attacks lately? Perhaps, there is a cure. Any idea what that cure
may be? The remedy just might be found in the obscurity of Genesis 26.
Smooth sailing? That’s not how it worked out for Rebekah, and it’s not likely to work out that way for you and me. She faced trouble, trial and anxiety, finding herself engulfed by overwhelming circumstances though in the center of God’s will and work. What should she do? Complain? Take things into her own hands? Fortunately, she followed the example of her husband, but what about the rest of the family, especially Jacob? He was cool and calculating, crafty and subtle. He seems to be an unworthy and contemptible choice as an instrument of God. And yet . . .