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In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large
flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.
how did we get the twelve tribes of Israel? Did Jacob's family
increase because of the rivalry of wives? And how did Jacob become a
prosperous man? Was it by bickering and bargaining with his
father-in-law? Was it by experimenting with breeding tricks to
manipulate the condition and coloring of flocks? Was Jacob prospering because of his maneuvering and machinations,
or was it because of God?
Jacob had had an experience
at Bethel where God said, "I am the LORD, the God of your father
Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give the land on which you are
lying…Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth…I am with
you and will watch over you wherever you go…I will not leave you until
I have done what I have promised you." And now God was keeping his
promise, but none of the people involved seem to be aware of God's
part in any of what was going on.
It's hard to notice
what God is giving when you're too busing scrambling and scraping for
yourself. It's easy to forget God when you’re busy being a self-made
Response and Action:
Do I trust God's promises to me? Am I so busy scrambling for myself that I forget God is at work in my life? I hope not.
want to lean into God every day. I want to remember his promise and
presence in every aspect of my life. I will fix my eyes on Jesus,
cling to God's promises, and cultivate an ongoing awareness of his
presence. In all my ways, I will acknowledge him, and trust him to
make my path straight.
God, give me the wisdom to look to you for guidance, strength, and
provision in all things. In every blessing, may I give you thanks. In
every hardship, may I persevere by the power of your Spirit. In every
pain, may I find your peace. In every ambition, may I seek to honor
you. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses:
31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
How To Read Genesis
by Tremper Longman