God has seen
Genesis 31-6-7 – Jacob says to Leah and Rachel, “You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength, yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me.”
Genesis 31: 13-13 – The Lord says to Jacob, “for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you. I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.”
Sometimes in life we get cheated. It’s part of living in a fallen, imperfect world filled with imperfect people. None of us are perfect, and all of us fall short every now and again.
When someone does something against us to harm us or to trip us up, it’s easy to want to ‘make it even’. To trip them up just as they have done to us.
Growing up my mum has always told me not to play God. To not forsake others because they have forsaken us. We need to let God be God, and step away from whoever has hurt us. I think this story is a good example of that. Jacob and Laban’s story is messy and complicated, filled with deceit. I find it hard to keep up, to be honest.
All I know is that if I were Jacob I would have been feeling totally fed up at this point, but he recognised that God was still with him and that He was still protecting him. And God told him that He has seen it all.
God knows how you may have been treated unfairly. He sees it all! He knows your heart. Don’t let it take you out of the game, and don’t try to take someone else out of the game to get revenge. Let God deal with people, and make sure that you’re focused on yourself and your own journey.
Just because someone else has forsaken you doesn’t mean that God has. God knows what you need and don’t need and He will protect you from what you can’t handle. Press on, forgive and move on. God is still by your side.