Observation: 130 hard years. Not easy...not as long as others...but 130 hard years. These verses made me think of the course from this song.
Bob Deffinbaugh says:
Life doesn't always go as we have planned but it is up to us how we react when it doesn't. We only get one life. We only get one shot. The choices we make when we experience adversity can either draw us closer to God or lead us away from Him. They determine whether we will live through "hard" years and be anxious to just die as Jacob was or whether those "hard" years will be used as a model of inspiration for others.
Thankfully, even if we have lived through "hard" years as a result of our own poor decisions, there is still grace and forgiveness.
Bob Deffinbaugh says:
Many Christians, like Jacob, spend the vast majority of their lives, as the song describes it, “Workin’ like the Devil, Servin’ the Lord.” Foolishly, they think that God’s blessing is obtained as we struggle to get ahead, even at the expense of others and of biblical standards of conduct. Perhaps your life, like Jacob’s, has been largely a disaster. It is not too late. Life for Jacob began at 130. Life for you can begin right now as you learn to rest in Him and to rely upon His promises. There will be striving, but it will be striving to do what is right, not striving to protect your rights.
This was the beginning of a whole new life. It was only 17 years, but it was life lived in the blessings which only grace can give. Those 17 years were the happiest, most fulfilling years of Jacob’s life. He did not live in Canaan, but he had entered into “Canaan rest,” that rest which is obtained only by faith, and it is forfeited by unbelief (cf. Hebrews 3-4).
Prayer: Lord, we like easy. We don't want things to be hard. We don't want to face consequences for our wrong choices and we definitely don't want to take responsibility for our mistakes. Please guide our hearts in your ways and help us to grow in hard times. Give of your grace freely to cover our vast multitudes of sinfulness. Help us to not wait until we have journeyed 130 years before we fully understand and repent so that we can live our lives to what You desire for us. Amen.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Genesis 47:13-31