Good morning people. Hope your weekend has been good.
I just want to share some thoughts from the scriptures with you. This will help somebody kick start this new week.
“Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, “I’ll work for you for seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.””
Genesis 29:18 NLT
It is important that we always articulate our words and thoughts properly before we ask for anything from people and from God.
Thank God for the newness and freshness of Gods word and wisdom. I just actually noticed that it was Jacob who asked to serve for Rachel for seven years. Laban did not impose it on him. Laban actually proposed a payment to him.
Why did he not ask for one year? Or six months? I don’t know, possibly because as the same scripture says, he was seriously in love with Rachel and needed to place a high value on her. Seven years as a slave is a whole lot of sacrifice and value.
You see Jacob needed to have put the whole picture into proper perspective. He wasn’t only dealing with Rachel but with his uncle Laban and Laban was a tough negotiator. You see in life , you must assess and analyse all perspectives before you lay out your cards.
Jacob was only thinking with his heart and not his head. In life, as we make propositions and take decisions and make choices, we need to learn to think with our hearts and our heads. Our choices, propositions, decisions must always make sense headwise and heartwise
“But when Jacob woke up in the morning—it was Leah! “What have you done to me?” Jacob raged at Laban. “I worked seven years for Rachel! Why have you tricked me?””
Genesis 29:25 NLT
Really??? Even if you waited for seven years for it, two to three minutes more to check the face wouldn’t have been too much to ask for! Jacob, Jacob, Jacob. How many times did I call you?
Our choices, propositions, decisions must always make sense headwise and heartwise.
Please think before you act. Oh yeah! Jacob was a trickster the bible said so. Some people are tricksters but they aren’t wise. #streetsmart #commonsense.
Laban says it’s the custom to marry the first child out before the next. Jacob. Jacob. Jacob. Hhnnnmmm how many times did I call you.
So you were working for seven years in a land and you didn’t ask about the customs of the people. I just think about a few people that are in foreign lands and all they do is work work work and they aren’t asking any questions or learning about the country where they live. Hhhmmmnnn all is well.
Trust Mr Laban!
Trust Mr Laban. Since you Jacob offered to work for seven years before, please take another seven years of slavery. OMG
“But wait until the bridal week is over; then we’ll give you Rachel, too—provided you promise to work another seven years for me.””
Genesis 29:25, 27 NLT
I will stop it here. Hope you learnt a lesson or two on negotiations, wisdom, big picture, street smartness, balance of head and heart etc. Have a blessed day. Do feel free to share as you will definitely bless one or two people or more.
But just before I go
Hhhmmnnn! Is it not this same family that Eleazer Abrahams servant went to get a wife for Isaac? Yes of course. Same family. Remember Labans family is Rebekkah , Jacobs mum’s family. Eleazer went and came out within hours with a wife for Isaac and Jacob went to same family and spent almost 20 years to get a wife (sorry 2 wives)
Father we are in your hands. We need wisdomooooo.
Okay take care. Stay blessed bye.
Pastor Marjorie Esomowei