sneaking away from your problems


Genesis 31:14-25

14 Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, “Is there yet any portion or inheritance to us in our father’s household?

15 Are we not thought by him as foreigners? Because he has sold us, and he has also devoured our silver.

16 All the wealth that God has plucked up from our father belongs to us and to our children. So, whatever God has said to you, do.”

17 So Jacob got up and put his sons and his wives on camels.

18 He sent all his livestock, all his property that he had gained, the livestock in his possession that he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac.

19 Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her father’s teraphim.[1]

20 And Jacob tricked Laban the Aramean, by not telling him that he intended to go away.

21 He fled with all that he had and crossed the Euphrates, and set out in the direction of the hill country of Gilead.

22 When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled,

23 he took his relatives with him and chased him for seven days and followed close after him into the hill country of Gilead.

24 But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.”

25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. And Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban with his relatives also pitched tents in the hill country of Gilead. _________________________________________

sneaking away from your problems

It was right for Jacob and his family to pick up and leave Laban. Things would have only gotten worse, maybe even fatal had they decided to stick it out. Even Rachel & Leah agreed that they had nothing to gain by staying on with their father’s clan.

But how they did it was not right. When we have to make a change, we owe it to those affected to tell them why. Laban needed to be confronted with his failure as a leader, and his abuse as a father. Instead, Jacob and his family try to sneak away from their troubles. Rachel probably told herself that Laban had trusted those teraphim more than he did her, and stole them out of spite. Bad form.

LORD, when it is time to make a change, give us the wisdom to do it right.

[1] small idols used for divination.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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