Genesis 30:31 Depend On God

Genesis 30:31 (KJV)
And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock:

Laban had already proven himself to be a difficult man. He had tricked Jacob in the matter of Rachel  and Leah. Jacob has expected to return home shortly after leaving. He had agreed to stay for seven years in exchange for Rachel and was forced to stay seven more besides. 

Now, when he wished to return home, Laban offers to pay him to stay. Jacob would have none of it. He was willing to work for his own family’s wellbeing. He was willing to trust God to provide, but he was not willing to let Laban believe he gave him anything. Perhaps more importantly, he did not want to depend upon Laban but upon God. 

No man or woman will be their best if they believe that anyone other than God and their own hard work meets their needs and provides success and prosperity. Don’t allow yourself to rest on the gifts of others. Trust God and make your way by Him. 

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Genesis 30:31 Depend On God

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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