Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
22 On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled. 23 Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. 24 Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, "Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad."
25 Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too. 26 Then Laban said to Jacob, "What have you done? You've deceived me, and you've carried off my daughters like captives in war. 27 Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn't you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines and harps? 28 You didn't even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters good-by. You have done a foolish thing. 29 I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, 'Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.' 30 Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father's house. But why did you steal my gods?"
31 Jacob answered Laban, "I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force. 32 But if you find anyone who has your gods, he shall not live. In the presence of our relatives, see for yourself whether there is anything of yours here with me; and if so, take it." Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods.
33 So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent and into the tent of the two maidservants, but he found nothing. After he came out of Leah's tent, he entered Rachel's tent. 34 Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel's saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing.
A few days pass, ans Laban finds out Jacob has split. He sets out after them and finds them. He gets on to Jacob for deceiving him and taking his daughters away. What really hurts him is that he is sure Jacob took his gods. Jacob is so indignant, he tells Laban that if he finds them, he will kill whoever took them. Jacob can not believe that any of his family would take an idol, and overreacts, not knowing that Rachael had stolen them.
Sometimes we overreact as well. We are so sure that something could not be done by us or anyone we love, we make bold statements. Beware, sometimes you may be speaking in ignorance, and someone may hold you to your statements.
Prayer- Lord, keep us from making rash statements. When we make bold statements, let them be about You and Your love. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do- Read Genesis 31:33-42