Our Old Testament reading today begins with deceit and lies. Jacob is trying to sneak away from Laban (who has unfairly kept Jacob hard at work to profit himself rather than Jacob and his family.) Rachel steals from her father and then lies about it, not to mention she steals household gods that we can assume she worships. We see failure after failure.
And yet God is at work in spite of these things. Towards the end of our reading we see that Jacob finally acknowledges this when he says to God: “I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed the Jordan, but now I have become two groups.” Jacob goes on to confess his fear of his brother, Esau--and turn to God for salvation instead of his own schemes.
In a similar way we see in Psalm 13 that David struggled with insecurity, his thought life, and sorrow. His response (as ours should be) was “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” We have a God who redeems our failures--and restores and uses broken, sinful people. Which is good news for us!
Question of the day: How can you trust that God is in control when faced with personal failure and life’s struggles?
Our Father, thank you for turning our failures into a greater story of who you are creating us to be. Help us to turn to you and not rely on our own abilities when faced with difficulties. Show my heart how to rejoice in the salvation that you have provided. Amen.