Reading: Genesis 29: 15-28
Verse 25: What is this you have done to me? … Why have you deceived me?
Today’s reading is an interesting turn of events. Poor Jacob is tricked by his uncle and ends up with the older, less beautiful daughter. But before we feel too bad for Jacob, let’s remember why he is here. Jacob has fled from his home to escape the wrath of his father Isaac and his brother Esau. He tricked the very elderly Isaac into giving him, the younger son, Esau’s birthright. Maybe, just maybe, Jacob deserves what Labsn has done – a little taste of his own medicine, so to speak.
But before we jump on that bandwagon, we’d better take a little stock of our own lives. Yes, we have probably been in a place like Jacob finds himself in. We have been let down by someone we trusted. We have had agreements and arrangements broken. Maybe we were a faithful employee for years and years, only to see the new and younger person receive the leadership role. Maybe we have seen a long-term friendship evaporate when someone new moved to town. We have all been where Jacob finds himself. We know the anger, the hurt, the frustration.
When we stop and reflect, though, we’ve all played Laban’s role as well. Maybe we haven’t slipped the older daughter into a drunk man’s bed after he had worked for seven years for the other daughter, but we have made decisions or manipulated or crossed the line a time or two. Maybe it was as simple as choosing how to reword something or to embellish it or to leave a detail out – to best insure our desired outcome. In any event, we have been there and done it. We too have made others shout, “What is this you have done to me? … Why have you deceived me”?
When we take stock, when we reflect on those moments, we realize there is a better way for us and for others. It is the way of love, the way of the servant, the way of Jesus. Lord, help me to be righteous, bringing honor and glory to you in all I do and say and think this day and every day.