God works his purposes out in spite of our weakness, vulnerability and sin. Jacob was a deceiver. What we sow, we reap. He sowed deception and he reaped deception from Laban (Genesis 29:25). He then continued the cycle of deception. This is an extraordinary story of deception, and also of unfaithfulness and disloyalty.
Yet somehow, in all of this, God worked his purposes out for the individuals involved, for Israel, for the birth of his Son Jesus and for the future of the people of God.
A lot of human sin and disappointment was involved in the birth of Jacob’s children .Yet, through it all, God was working out his purposes for the twelve tribes of Israel. Rachel’s prayer was finally answered with the birth of Joseph (30:22).
As God was in control of their lives, you can trust that he is ultimately in control of yours as well and that ‘in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’ (Romans 8:28). So, just relax and let God be God.
Lord, thank you that you use even weak, vulnerable and sinful people. Thank you that you can use me. Thank you that although you love me as I am, you love me too much to leave me as I am. Help me never to settle for second best.
Help me to take responsibility for my life and at the same time confidently trust in your sovereignty.