Genesis 30 and 31
Neither Jacob nor Laban were faithful men of integrity. Their words and actions reveal their hearts, but when Jacob remarks, “my integrity will testify for me later on,” we want to ask Jacob; do you believe that truth, or is this just a convenient way to reveal how you want to be known? How often do we echo words such as those and then wonder where that thought came from?
Did Jacob truly think he was a righteous man and do we also think we are righteous? Beloved of the 21st century, this is as true today as the day it was written, we are a sinful people and in need of God’s righteousness to guide us step by step because “There is no one righteous, not even one.” [Rom 3:10] God wants us to know that: “He/God guides [us] in the paths of righteousness for His names sake.” [Psalm 23] It isn’t for us but God. We are “like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand” [Jer 18:1-6]
Is God guiding me? In the case of Jacob, we can say yes— even though he hasn’t yet come to grips with his deceptive ways, God is at work in his life molding him just as He is in yours and mine.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” [Eph 2:10]