Genesis 29:22-25 22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her. 24 And Laban gave his servant girl Zilpah to his daughter as her maidservant. 25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”
Most of us have zipped in front of someone in traffic. We don’t, however, like it when someone does the same to us. We have said an unkind word but dislike unkind words said to us. We have lied to someone and become angry when someone lied to us. It feels a little different when we do it, doesn’t it? When we get a taste of our medicine, we realize that maybe it isn’t such a good thing after all.
Jacob was a trickster; he was a deceiver. He tricked his father into giving him the family blessing. His setup was elaborate and full of deceit. Yet he asks uncle Laban this question: “Why have you deceived me?” Hmmm… you don’t like being deceived, huh, Jacob? It seemed to suit your life well, but it didn’t taste so good when it was served to you. Jacob got a taste of his own medicine… and he didn’t like it.
I wonder if we act the same way in our lives. I wonder if we hold others to a standard that we don’t hold ourselves to. I wonder if we easily complete our own atrocities all while judging others for theirs. We tell little white lies yet discipline our children when they do the same. We show up late to places but get irritated when others do the same. It’s time we begin to hold ourselves to our own standards and allow others to do the same in their own lives. We must trust that God will work in the lives of others. And while we wait for Him to do just that, we ought to ask Him to work in our own.
*Reflect today on the places where you are doing what Jacob did… questioning others for the very things you do. (ouch)