Jacob's Family

What do you do when you find yourself in an unfortunate situation that you cannot change?

I was brought into salvation in 2003 while married to an unsaved man and rearing four unsaved kids. No one else in my family was saved either. What does one do in this impossible situation?

Biblical Ground Work: Genesis 29 – 33

Jacob, the deceiver, is forced to go live with Uncle Laban who is in love with stuff and money. Jacob has met the male match with himself, for certain. Laban is a master deceiver, but Jacob has the Lord on his side.

Jacob meets up with Rachel, a shepherdess, on his trip to Haran. He falls in love with her and works for Laban for seven years to marry her. Laban, a skilled deceiver, switches Rachel for Leah on their wedding night and Jacob is forced to work for Laban another seven years. What an unfortunate situation Leah finds herself in.

Jacob fulfilled his seven days of marriage to Leah then marries Rachel, whom he loved. He worked another seven years for her which now is adding up to fourteen years of work for Rachel. Leah has a servant named Zilpah and Rachel has a servant named Bilhah. Jacob comes into Haran alone and now has four women to care for. What an unfortunate situation for them all.

Our Biblical Life Lesson – If we allow it, EVERY situation will be unfortunate, but that is NEVER so with God.

Each woman of Jacob found themselves in an unfortunate situation, but each one of them had a choice in that situation. They could choose to do what is right but unfortunately they chose to do what was best for themselves.

Each situation we find ourselves in is meant to grow us to think and act in the will of God. Romans 5:3-4 says, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

We find ourselves in all manner of situations and how we forge our way through them is how we will come out of the other side of them. The statistics are high that women will be assaulted in one way or another throughout their lifetime so that means that abuse is the norm not the abnormal. How have you come out the other side of that? Are you a victim with no strength of character or a overcomer with hope?

Your hope is the opportunity to use your unintended, unfortunate situation for good so that you may bring hope to others. Can you look back at your unfortunate situation and see the hand of God all over it? Could it have been worse? Could you have been worse?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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