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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Moving On

Wow, have we had a roller coaster ride over the past few days in our Chronological readings or what?

So much happened...

-Esau sold his birthright because he was hungry.  Man our stomachs can get us into trouble can't they?

-Isaac lies about Rebekah being his sister.  Like father, like son.

-Jacob deceives his own father and steals Esau's blessings. There was so much regarding that one.  I'll just say one thing on this and move on.  Abraham made a decision based on what he felt instead of what his head was telling him.  If something in your life feels wrong, most likely it is wrong. 

Moving on.

-After Isaac blesses Jacob instead of Esau, Jacob flees for his life. 

-He goes to his Uncle Laban's home where he works for him for the next 20 years.  There he marries Laban’s two daughters, Leah and Rachel and has many children.  And all the complexities that go along with marrying two sisters... well there just isn't enough space on this screen to go there.

So... (taking a breath) we land on today's reading. 

Poor Jacob.  He had worked so hard building another man's wealth.  He is soooooo ready to get out on his own.  It was just time for him to move on. 

Have you ever been there?  Have you ever had to make a tough decision to move on?

You see, it was all good for Jacob for a while, but things started to shift.  Laban's sons began grumbling about Jacob and even Jacob could sense Laban's attitude toward him changing (Genesis 31:1-2).

So Jacob packs everyone up and sneaks away.  When Laban discovers this he pursues him.

God stepped in though and warns Laban to not harm Jacob. And today we read where they made a treaty to live in peace.  Laban made a wise decision, wouldn't you agree? 

Here’s a lesson we can learn from Laban…  We need to live in peace with our family, friends, and enemies to the best of our ability. 

Sadly though, there are those times you will just have to leave it all behind, draw a line, walk away and move on.  That can be tough.  But if you remain where you are not supposed to be, that can be tougher. 

I remember in my twenties going through my first real conflict with some individuals.  My dear mother-in-law gave me this scripture and I have tried my best to live by it ever since.

Do all you can to live in peace with everyone.  Romans 12:18 (NLT)

How much sweeter life is when we can agree to disagree and love one another in spite of our shortcomings.

Not to mention, the world gets to see a glimpse of Jesus when we truly love one another on that level.  John 13:35

And that my friends is what we are called to do.

So, if God is calling you to make a peace treaty today, remember Romans 12:18 and let it be the light that guides your steps to reconciliation.  And if reconciliation does not happen, you can move on knowing you did all you could to live in peace with everyone.

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