Just a few days ago we read about God's promise to all mankind, that He'd never flood the world with water again. That was chapter 9 of Genesis. 20 chapters later we are shown that while God can always be trusted, man cannot. After working 7 years for the hand of Laban's youngest daughter Rachel, Laban deceives Jacob by giving him Leah instead (Gen. 29:1-30). Hurt by the betrayal, Jacob agrees to work another 7 years if Rachel is given to him as a wife as well.
As previously mentioned, this account in Genesis 29 stands in stark contrast to the account of God's covenant in Genesis 9 and serves to remind us that while God does what He does for the betterment of others, man often does what he does for the betterment of himself. Thousands of years later, selfishness still abounds, and we are faced with the same decision as Jacob: return evil with evil or take the high road? Jacob is by no means a perfect individual, but in Genesis 29 he makes the right decision to take the high road.
The time will come when people do you wrong and you are faced with the choice to wrong them back or treat them the way Christ would. Though often more difficult, the choice is clear, take the high road and treat others the way you want to be treated even when they don't deserve it.
Has anyone ever deceived you for their own personal gain? How did that make you feel? Was it easy or difficult to forgive them?
Chances are good that you thought of someone who has wronged you similarly to how Jacob was wronged by Laban. Take a few minutes right now and pray for that person (Mt. 5:43-44), their heart, and that they may come to know God (or turn back to Him).
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