Jacob chose to view this obstacle on his path as a steppingstone, not a stumbling stone. His attitude helped determine a future of success and not failure.
Attitude – |ˈatiˌt(y)o͞od|
“a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior” – New Oxford American Dictionary
I’m currently reading a book called the Bible. The book is a canon of many books that together accompany each other to tell one powerful story of love and grace – Genius. One of these books is called Genesis. It is the book of beginnings.
In Genesis there is a story of a man called Jacob. Jacob encountered the Lord in a dream on his way to Paddan Aram. The Lord promised to be with Jacob.
Now when Jacob arrived in Paddan Aram he fell in love with Rachel thus he worked for her father, Laban, for seven years in order to take her hand in marriage. The Bible actually states “it seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her”.
But on the night of their wedding Rachel is replaced with her sister Leah – so Jacob accidently marries Leah. It must have been very dark that night.
Next morning when Jacob wakes up he sees Leah, not Rachel by his side. So Jacob confronts Laban: “Why have you deceived me?”
Laban comes with a lame excuse, but tells Jacob to finish the bridal week with Leah and then he can get Rachel – but by promising to labor another seven years.
Attitude is a determination factor
Okay first of all, just to be clear – I’m not praising polygamy. I’m praising Jacob’s attitude. Jacob could have chosen to throw a fist or he could have just taken what was “rightfully his”. He could also have chosen to say no and left Laban’s house with Leah, but Jacob “worked for Laban another seven years”.
Jacob chose to view this obstacle on his path as a steppingstone, not a stumbling stone. His attitude helped determine a future of success and not failure. Jacob knew the Lord would be with him just as He promised.
Jacob stayed and worked for Laban and it becomes clear through the years that the Lord is blessing Laban’s livestock through Jacob. The Lord was with Jacob as He said he would be.
Jacob is then allowed to take aside parts of the livestock for himself thereby building a solid foundation for the wealth and wellbeing of the future nation of Israel. Yes – Jacob’s attitude determined the future of a nation.
I’ll sure remember that next time things don’t go the way I planned.