“And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Gen. 32:28 (KJV)
Your life is up to you and what you want out of life. We all need people, some permanent, and others temporal. The only permanent relationship is your decision.
It might surprise you to know that you choose whether to have a relationship with God or not, That is the ultimate decision you can ever make; God presents you with opportunity to enter into a relationship with him but he never compels you to do it. You are the master of your destiny.
The scripture says, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 2:11-13 (KJV)
Jacob was sent out from his father’s house to prevent a big trouble between him and Esau, his twin brother, over family rights. His grandfather Abraham was very rich and passed on the inheritance to Isaac his father. Isaac was so rich that his neighbours envied him. God favoured Jacob and blessed him. He was chosen by election not works.
The Scripture says, in Rom. 9: 9 – 16, “For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.
And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” (KJV)
On his way to his exile, Jacob had an encounter and God blessed him specially. The events that followed never portrayed him as blessed. He actually suffered humiliation in the house of his uncle Laban for the next twenty years.
Jacob started a family that he doesn’t know where they would end up. He could only dreamt of the fame of his father. The more he told his story the more Laban plotted his downfall and humiliation.
Laban knew that there was something about Jacob that brings success and the only way he thought he could keep him was to so impoverish him, so that he cannot afford to travel back to his home.
He tormented him mentally so that he couldn’t think of any good thing. Laban masterfully crowded Jacob with women and created family chaos that drained his power, strength and focus. He constantly changed the terms of the relationship with Jacob and set unachievable targets. It was the humiliation of a prince! God had to intervene to set him free. Evils do not last forever.
“And the Lord said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.” Gen.31:3 (KJV)
You might be like Jacob, Struggling against the odds to fulfil your destiny. You might have ran into things that want to choke God’s purpose out of you and you are barely hanging on a lifeline. Your frustration might be so big that you constantly sigh and groan.
You need to wake up like Jacob did. You are not going to breakthrough by avoiding a necessary conflict to bail yourself out of your quagmire. Your struggle might be against anyone but your destiny is the only heritage that you can count on for the future. Esau dropped out of God’s will because of nonchalant attitude to the things of God. He cherished porridge more that his heritage and the promise God made to Abraham.
It was never the responsibility of Laban to believe in the future of Jacob; all he cared for was himself and his family first. Whatever story that Jacob has could as well be a fairy-tale and a daydream. You are the manager of your relationships and your visions.
The word of God says, “Then Jacob got angry and started an argument with Laban. “What have I done?” he demanded. “What’s my crime that would cause you to come pursue me so violently?
Now that you’ve searched all my belongings, what did you find that belongs to your house? Set it here in front of our relatives and we’ll let them judge between us!
Meanwhile, these past 20 years that I’ve been with you, your sheep and goats never had miscarriages, I never once ate any of the rams from your flock, and whatever was torn by beasts, I never bothered to bring to you. Instead, I bore the losses myself. Even so, you demanded that I provide restitution for anything that was stolen, whether during the day or the night.
As it was, I was attacked by drought during the day and by cold at night. I never got any decent rest. I’ve lived in your house these 20 years – serving fourteen years for your two daughters and another six years for your flocks.
During all that time you changed my wages ten times. If the God of my father-the God of Abraham, the God whom Isaac feared-had not been with me, you would have sent me away empty handed. But God saw my misery and how hard I’ve worked with my own hands-and he rebuked you last night.”” Gen. 31:36-42 (NIV)
Are you a prince in shame and drudgery? You must break-free. You must go after your destiny. You must fulfil the call of God upon your life. It is your responsibility and you are the one that will give account of your life.
There may be people who feel that God created you to serve them and help them in their mission. It is only you that can determine that. Whatever you choose, for as long as you are happy with it, that okay.
You must pray to discover God’s will for your life. What is it that stirs up and you want to do something about it. What are the challenges you feel you have the solutions to? What are the things you enjoy doing?
You need to study the word of God and let the Spirit of God give you revelations as to what the Lord wants you to do.
You might have a calling to meet the need of others. You might be keen on helping the needy and weak. Are you happy to help?
Humiliation is not humility. Stupidity and foolishness are not the same as be pious and devotion. Serving God in humility might make some people to take advantage of you and cause you pain and shame but God normally shows up at an appointed time to prove to all that you are his. He did it in the life of Jacob, Moses and the early disciples.
Sometime people love staying in their comfort zones which might clearly be against the will of God.
The scripture says in Exodus 14:10-1, “And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.
And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:” (KJV)
To many Israelites who left Egypt during the Exodus, it would have been better to remain in slavery, but that was not God’s plan. They had no respect to the will of God and complained and murmured. They paid for their wrong attitude.
May the Lord help you in your journey through life to fulfil his counsel and purpose for your life. Amen.
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