Genesis 29: 21-29 Sowing and reaping.
“21 Then Jacob said to Laban, ‘Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.’ 22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant. 25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, ‘What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?’ 26 Laban replied, ‘It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the elder one. 27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.’ 28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 Laban gave his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her attendant.” NIV UK
Here is one of the great ironic statements in the Bible: ‘’When morning came, there was Leah!’’ (25). It seems to be a repeated Biblical principle that we reap what we sow. Jacob, the deceiver (27:35, 36), found himself deceived. He more than met his match in his Uncle Laban, who was a wily old fox. He seemed to have Jacob’s best interests at heart, but in reality he wanted what was best for Laban. Sometimes, God may have to give us a taste of our own medicine to bring us to our senses. For Jacob, it was going to be a long journey, and there would be other duels with his uncle. Growth takes time, and it regularly involves pain.