Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
1 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. 2 There he saw a well in the field, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. 3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well's mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.
4 Jacob asked the shepherds, "My brothers, where are you from?" "We're from Haran," they replied.
5 He said to them, "Do you know Laban, Nahor's grandson?" "Yes, we know him," they answered.
6 Then Jacob asked them, "Is he well?" "Yes, he is," they said, "and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep."
7 "Look," he said, "the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture."
8 "We can't," they replied, "until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep."
9 While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of Laban, his mother's brother, and Laban's sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle's sheep. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud. 12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.
13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister's son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things.
Jacob is basically on the run. He is fleeing to his Mother’s brother-Laban. He traveled for some four hundred miles, on foot through the desert. While stopping at a water well, he meets Rachel-Laban’s daughter, and therefore, his cousin. He was smitten, and wanted to help her out, after he kissed her.
She ran and told her father, and as soon as Laban heard about Jacob, he was happy. Even though Jacob had deceived his father, angered his brother and was on the run, God still had plans for him. That’s the way God works. Even when we do bad things, great good can come from it. It is not always easy, as Jacob will soon learn.
Prayer- Lord, Always use us, even when we aren’t trying to do your work. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do- Read Genesis 29 14-30