Monday, May 4, 2015

By God's Own Hand

Dear Christa—

Now, all the finagling in the human mind can’t change God’s design. The first thing Laban does after he makes his wages deal with Jacob is to remove all the animals that were marked to be Jacob’s and gave them to his sons to care for—3 days journey away. 

Jacob did little better. After Jacob strikes his deal with Laban and announces, “my honesty will testify for me in the future,” he goes about his own plan to glean the strongest animals and leave the weak ones for Laban.

Then, without Laban or Jacob recognizing it, God determined what each new baby animal would look like. Hadn’t he promised Jacob that He would be with him? 

So, by God’s hand Jacob became a wealthy man.

How often does God work on our behalf and it goes totally unnoticed by us?
How often do we connive and scheme to work things out, when in the reality, God has his plan and when he decides to work in our regard, he certainly will. 

To rest in the knowledge of his omnipotent hand—Jacob is not there yet, and I’m not either, I’m afraid.
—the parishioner who doesn’t do anything

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