Laban

Favor is Unstoppable

“The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.” – Genesis 39:2 As we continue our discussion about God’s favor, I believe we can learn a lot from the story of Joseph. Since we just finished examining the interaction between his dad, Jacob, and his grandfather, Laban, it’s worth noting that Joseph was the son born to Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife. Unfortunately, Rachel’s sister Leah, whom Laban gave to Jacob instead of Rachel after he had worked for seven years, had better luck in childbearing. She bore him several children and Rachel became extremely jealous. So insecure was she about her sister’s advantage that she gave her husband her maidservant so she could get pregnant on her behalf. It took years before she finally gave birth herself, and when she did, she had a son and named him Joseph. Because

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Nothing Outwits Divine Favor

“‘Don’t give me anything,’ Jacob replied. ‘But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them: Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages.’” – Genesis 30:31,32 Today, I want to look again at the story of Jacob and Laban as we continue to examine the power of the Lord’s favor in our lives. Since his father-in-law begged him to stay rather than returning to Israel, Jacob agreed to go on tending Laban’s flocks, but he told him that he needed to earn a wage. Laban was agreeable to this, and He invited the young man to name his price. Rather than make it complicated, Jacob simply asked to be given every sheep or goat that

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Blessing by Association

“But Laban said to him, ‘If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.’ He added, ‘Name your wages, and I will pay them.’” – Genesis 30:27 Yesterday, we talked about the favor of God, and for the next couple of days, I want to share with you my favorite Biblical example of it. If you’ve been listening to me or reading these devotions for any length of time, you know that I love Jacob. Though he was somewhat rogue, this man of God was bold and persistent in his faith, and he was blessed because of it. In fact, he had a reputation for being divinely favored, and no one was more aware of this than his father-in-law Laban. You may recall that Laban was a trickster, and after he promised to give Jacob

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