The great deceiver is deceived. In our story, we find that Jacob, whose life is characterized by deceit, is now deceived in such a way that makes one’s knees tremble. The morning after his celebratory marriage to whom he thought was the love of his life, he wakes only to discover that the woman he had married was not in fact the Rachel, the woman he had fallen in love with. Laban, his own uncle, had deceived Jacob by giving his older daughter to Jacob, instead of the agreed-upon younger. What a profound lesson and opportunity for us to consider God’s divine displeasure with sin, even when God uses that sin to bring about His wonderful purposes.
In your own life, have you bought into the sovereignty of God? Do you believe God works all things for the good of His children and for the purposes of bringing glory to Jesus Christ? If so, do not presume upon God’s mercy and grace thinking you can sin and that it’s ok because God will use it. Our story in Genesis 29 reminds us that we will reap what we sow, even when we find that all our sins have been forgiven. God will not be mocked.