An Invaluable Blessing - October 4, 2023

The story of Jacob includes his challenging life with his father-in-law, Laban. Laban cheated Jacob. Jacob not only survived his season with Laban; he thrived. He had developed a deeper faith. God used Laban to shape Jacob. Is God using your Laban to shape you?

You’d prefer a life with no Laban. Who wouldn’t? But life comes with Labans. Try this: Talk to God about your Laban. Ask him, “Lord, what lessons are you teaching me?” And this: Thank God for your Laban. “When troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow” (James 1:2-3 NLT).

Life’s Labans can make you want to pull your hair out—but they can also make you desperate for God. And that is an invaluable blessing.