Genesis 31:14-21: Mixture.
“14 Then Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father’s estate? 15 Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us. 16 Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you.” 17 Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, 18 and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.19 When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods. 20 Moreover, Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away. 21 So he fled with all he had, crossed the Euphrates River, and headed for the hill country of Gilead.” NIV
Jacob himself was a bit of a mixture. He heard from God and he obeyed, but he was still, to some extent, living by his wits – or trying to. It was also good that Rachel and Leah supported their husband in doing the will of God (16). But Rachel too was a bit of a mixture (19). She probably thought the idols she stole would afford them some protection on the journey. She had obviously not given up all the pagan beliefs of her family background.
Like dead lives on an autumnal tree, it may take time for some things to ‘drop off’. However, once we become aware that something is wrong, we should not compromise with it.
‘The secret departure was very undignified and unworthy of the heir of the promises. The command to return was of God, and what he commands he becomes responsible for. Besides, had not the Almighty promised to keep him in all places? See 28:15. When we are on God’s plan, we may reckon on him absolutely.’ F.B. Meyer: ‘Devotional Commentary’, p.26.
PRAYER: Lord show myself to myself, that I may turn to you from every form of idolatry.