“43 Laban answered Jacob, ‘The women are my daughters, the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks. All you see is mine. Yet what can I do today about these daughters of mine, or about the children they have borne? 44 Come now, let’s make a covenant, you and I, and let it serve as a witness between us.’45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. 46 He said to his relatives, ‘Gather some stones.’ So they took stones and piled them in a heap, and they ate there by the heap. 47 Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, and Jacob called it Galeed.48 Laban said, ‘This heap is a witness between you and me today.’ That is why it was called Galeed. 49 It was also called Mizpah,because he said, ‘May the Lord keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other. 50 If you ill-treat my daughters or if you take any wives besides my daughters, even though no one is with us, remember that God is a witness between you and me.’51 Laban also said to Jacob, ‘Here is this heap, and here is this pillar I have set up between you and me. 52 This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not go past this heap to your side to harm you and that you will not go past this heap and pillar to my side to harm me. 53 May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.’So Jacob took an oath in the name of the Fear of his father Isaac. 54 He offered a sacrifice there in the hill country and invited his relatives to a meal. After they had eaten, they spent the night there.55 Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home.”NIV
‘’…even though no-one is with us, remember that God is a witness between you and me’’ (50).
It’s been observed that for all that Jacob and Laban were somewhat ‘bent’ (as, indeed, we all are), they were also conscious of living their lives in the presence and sight of God. That is no small thing. But it’s a shame that this awareness didn’t help them to amend their less than scrupulous ways. However, we are all strange mixtures. It’s just more apparent in some than in others.
Warren Wiersbe comments:
‘It is better to declare a truce than to wage a war, but the best decision of all is for brethren to ‘’dwell together in unity’’ (Ps.133:1). See Ephesians 4:25-32 for directions.’ ‘With the Word’, p.37.
I have just finished reading a helpful little book by Andy Stanley entitled ‘Better decisions, fewer regrets – 5 questions to help you determine your next move.’ The fifth question he poses is ‘The relationship question. What does love require of me?’ No Christian will want to evade that challenge.
PRAYER: Lord please give me the strength, the desire and the ability to always look yo the interests of others before my own.
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