God and imperfect families…



Genesis 31:1 Now Jacob heard that the sons of (his father-in-law) Laban were saying, “Jacob has taken all that was our father’s; he has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” 2 And Jacob saw that Laban did not regard him as favorably as he did before. 3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your ancestors and to your kindred, and I will be with you.” 4 So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was, 5 and said to them, “I see that your father does not regard me as favorably as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me. 6 You know that I have served your father with all my strength; 7 yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not permit him to harm me. 8 If he said, ‘The speckled shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore speckled; and if he said, ‘The striped shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore striped. 9 Thus God has taken away the livestock of your father, and given them to me. 

The story of Jacob and his interaction with his father-in-law Laban gets my attention this morning. If you like, go back and read Genesis chapters 30 and 31. Jacob plotted with his mother to trick his father Isaac and betray his brother Esau. Now Jacob gets a dose of his own medicine as Laban does him dirty. This is not the picture of a healthy family. And yet, despite Jacob’s craftiness and scheming, the Lord honors the covenant he made with his grandfather Abraham and blesses Jacob. Later in Genesis we see Jacob’s sons plot and scheme against one another, especially young Joseph.

My family is full of love for one another, but we have issues. As does your, I’m guessing. I’m encouraged to see how God works through imperfect, dysfunctional people like me. And dysfunctional families. This morning I have hope. God can do this. He’s done it before.

Lord, use me – despite all my shortcomings. Draw me close to you and give me grace to lead my family to you. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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