Grace, Grace, Grace - September 26, 2023

Jacob planted seeds of deceit. He harvested the crop of deceit. He fooled Esau, he fooled Isaac, and he was fooled by Laban. I wish I could say he learned his lesson, but Jacob remained stiff and unresponsive.

God sent him multiple messages. Some came in the form of blessings: A safe arrival in Haran. A stunning visage named Rachel.  Seven years of service that “seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her” (Genesis 29:20). Could Jacob not have interpreted these gifts as indications that God was with him?

Other signals came in the form of burdens: The wedding night swap. Seven more years of hard work. Jacob should have looked up. “Are you trying to tell me something, God?” But he never did. Incredible.

God never gave up on him. Grace. Grace. Grace.