Urgent and Intentional

Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. 2 There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. 3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”

“We’re from Harran,” they replied.

5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”

“Yes, we know him,” they answered.

6 Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”

“Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”

7 “Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”

8 “We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.”

9 While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud. 12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.

13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. 14 Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.” Genesis 29:1-14

Jacob finally left home to go to Harran. He knew what he had to do. Just as Isaac’s servant did for him, now Jacob must do for himself: find a wife from a chosen tribe of people. He quickly found the girl he was to marry, and there was rejoicing in Laban’s household.

It’s difficult for us to rejoice because we know what comes next for Jacob. But once again we see the sovereign hand of God bringing together people for His will and to further his Kingdom. Coming from the vivid dream he just had, Jacob had full confidence that God would do what he said. In other words, Jacob knew what the outcome would be before it happened. Of course he didn’t know when or how exactly.

With that kind of confidence, Jacob knew what he had to do.

It’s the kind of confidence we can having when we know our final destiny. Of course, like Jacob, we don’t know when or how it will come about but it will.

If we found out today that we’d no longer be around by the end of next week, how would it change what you and I do right now?

How would we spend that time?

Would we be more urgent and intentional about what we do? 

It’s a fun exercise because it helps to focus and fine tune our priorities. In fact, we need to be reminded to do this often because we tend to gravitate towards an easy life.

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