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December 14, 2019

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Once again, this week, as I was reading the story of Jacob, I was reminded that our actions have consequences that can be good or bad for us.

Jacob’s father Isaac was old and blind; therefore, he desired before he died to give his son Esau who was his oldest child, the blessing of the firstborn. He told his son to prepare for him his favorite meal so he could eat and afterward, he would bless him. His wife Rebekah heard what he said and arranged a deceptive plan with their younger son Jacob for him to get the bless instead of Esau.

After Jacob successfully deceived Isaac and obtained his brother’s blessing, Esau pledged to kill Jacob when their father died; hence, Rebekah had Jacob leave Canaan and go to Padanaram under the pretense of getting a wife. Upon arrival in Padanaram, Jacob meets his mother’s relatives and falls in love with his cousin Rachel. He agreed to work for her for seven years, which he did; however when the wedding took place, his father-in-law deceived him and gave him Leah the oldest daughter and not the one for whom Jacob worked.

Jacob was tricked because the wedding took place at night, and he could not see when his bride was brought to him in her bridal attire. Just like he deceived his father, who could not see, he was tricked because he could not see. Jacob switched himself for his brother and Laban switched Rachel for Leah. Jacob used Esau’s clothing to trick his father and now his father-in-law uses the bridal attire to trick him. It took seven years for him to reap what he had sown. Jacob was upset with his father-in-law for deceiving him and denying him what he had rightfully earned but he forgot he tricked his father and took from Esau what was legally his.

The lesson that Jacob learned is a lesson for all of us, especially when our actions are harmful to others. You may not reap negativity or hurt immediately, but eventually, reaping will come. So it behooves all of us to follow the motto of this saying, “Do the best you can, to all you can, while you can.”

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