Genesis 30 – Overcome

Well, that’s three pens i have gone through now.  I ended up switching from fountain style to ball point style, and i definitely don’t like the difference in quality of the ink.  The fountain style is definitely scratchier on the paper while the ball point writes smoother, but the ink and quality of writing i get with the fountain style definitely makes it a better quality pen overall.

If faith in action is the theme of Abram/Abraham’s life, and blessing the theme of Isaac’s, then wrestling / struggle appears to be a major theme of Jacob’s life.  In chapter 30 we see Jacob’s wives, Leah and Rachael, struggling together to bear sons for Jacob.  They go so far as to follow in his grandparents footsteps and bring their maids into service to bear children for them.  Jacob gets angry at Rachael for her blaming him for her being barren, and finally God opens her womb and she is able to bear.

Meanwhile, Jacob is struggling with his uncle Laban who is expecting Jacob to work for him for basically nothing.  Since Jacob’s arrival, Laban has been blessed more and more.  He appears to be becoming wealthy at Jacob’s expense.  Meanwhile, Laban appears to continue to have an attitude that Leah, Rachael, and their children still belong to him.  With that kind of attitude it’s no wonder that Laban had struggled with being blessed before Jacob’s arrival.

By the end of the chapter progress has been made.  Leah has borne six sons and one daughter, and her maid has borne to Jacob two sons.  Meanwhile Rachael’s maid has borne Jacob two sons for her, and God has finally blessed her by opening her womb and she has borne Joseph.  All have overcome.

Meanwhile, Jacob is finally getting paid for his services to Laban.  He gets the spotted, speckled, and striped sheep and goats, and God is blessing him.  He is overcoming his Uncle Laban’s greedy behaviors.

Do we feel like we are constantly struggling with no success?  I know that i feel that way at times.  So often it seems like i am working so hard, and the success is so limited.  I know that God is taking care of me and blessing me, but it is easy to focus on the struggle and lose sight of the times and ways God has helped me to overcome.  We will have trials, troubles, and tribulations in life.  They can be walls that block our way, or just bumps in the road.  God gives us the strength to succeed and overcome.  What do you have to thank God for today?

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