Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Tuesday

Read: Genesis 29:1-14 and Psalm 81

Today’s reading follows yesterday’s quite well. We read about Isaac and Rebekah’s son, Jacob, who went to find a wife. Note a couple of differences between Isaac and Jacob. In Isaac’s case, Abraham sent a wise servant to work out the deal with the bride’s father. Jacob went himself. Eleazar prayed that God would show him the right woman, but Jacob did not.

Those two differences cost Jacob a lot.

It’s not so much about the arranged marriage. Our culture looks at that with horror. But look at how Jacob’s hard-headedness cost him. He fell in love with Rachel and allowed his uncle to take advantage of him. Not once, but twice. Jacob didn’t bother to ask God to help him out, he just went on ahead and did what he wanted to do. That usually will come back to bite you.

Sometimes we get into a hurry and fail to ask God what he wants us to do. We don’t even ask him to look out for us. We just go off half-cocked and then find ourselves in a world of trouble. We need to take an example from Jacob and not get in such a hurry that we miss out on what God has for us.

What do you need to go back and talk to God about?

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