Genesis 31:22-24 – The good, the bad, and the purpose of God


22 On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled. 23 So he took his relatives with him, pursued Jacob for seven days, and overtook him at Mount Gilead. 24 But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night. “Watch yourself!” God warned him. “Don’t say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.”

Jacob has taken his two wives and all of his children and snuck out of Laban’s camp and gets a three day head start.  Laban eventually finds out and rounds up a posse to hunt them down.  On the way there God visits Laban in a dream and warned him not to speak to Jacob in the normal way that he would have spoken to him, by speaking nicely to him then turning on Jacob later on.

This isn’t the first time that we see God speaking to a pagan and it won’t be the last.  God was not in the custom to speaking only to believers, but He spoke to whomever was involved in His purpose and Jacob’s safety was the purpose of God.  Of course had Laban not listened to the Lord, He would have taken whatever measures He deemed fit, but that isn’t the way of our Lord.  He works, acts, and directs history as well as our lives in our terms, in things that we understand.  He works in time, even though He is timeless.  He allows history to unfold even though He could cause anything to happen, and He works through human administration even though He could work things out Himself.  At one time I had wondered and begged the Lord to just take my brain out and make it work the way He wanted but I am very glad that our Lord doesn’t do that.  If He didn’t allow things to work out in our lives, either good or bad, then we wouldn’t be able to experience them, learn from them, and see His wonderful power and the love, mercy, and care that He brings to our lives, situation, and future.  He is limitless, and all powerful but He chooses to work things out in our universe that is limited and bound to time.  What a wonderful God we serve!!!!


About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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