01/11/22 Contrast

READING: Genesis 30:25-31:55

Every time I read today’s text, I grieve for much of the world. That’s first because I read the texts below regarding Rachel’s household “gods.” Some may have considered them gods—and indeed, some surely worshiped them—but they lacked any sense of power. After all, what kind of god can be stolen? And hidden by someone else? And sat upon? A figurine can be the object of all three activities, but not a true God.  

  • “Rachel stole her father’s household idols and took them with her.” (Gen 31:19)
  • From Laban: “But why have you stolen my gods?” (Gen 31:30)
  • “But Rachel had taken the household idols and hidden them in her camel saddle, and now she was sitting on them.” (Gen 31:34)

At the same time, I read this decided contrast about Jacob’s God (and ours): He blessed Jacob, and by extension, Laban; he spoke to Jacob and promised His presence with him; He orchestrated events to increase Jacob’s blessings; He protected Jacob from harm; and, He warned Laban to leave Jacob alone. What makes me grieve is that this God is the one and only true God – but much of the world still worships their figurines. 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: What are you doing in and through your life so the nations might know the true God? 

TODAY’S PRAYER: “I praise You, God, for granting me the privilege of knowing You. I pray that someone will today turn from false gods to You.” 

TOMORROW’S READING: Genesis 32:1-35:27

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