Read: Genesis 30

Genesis 30 continues the events that began in 29:31 with the contest between the two wives of Jacob. Lean was the more fertile of the two wives, and Rachel was envious of her sister, demanding Jacob to give her children. Of course, that was out of Jacob’s hands as he pointed out to her, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of your womb?” The Bible is clear that the Lord opens the womb and closes it. Many years ago, I knew a couple who were told they could not have children. For years, that medical opinion seemed accurate. One day, suddenly, the wife was pregnant. The Lord does determine who will and who will not have children. As a result of Rachel’s frustration, she employs her servant to give Jacob offspring. Eventually, God opened the womb of Rachel and gave birth to Joseph. That significant act will establish the narrative until the end of the book. Joseph will become a significant figure in the lives of God’s people.

The other event in this chapter is found in 30:25-43. Though the circumstances are odd, they highlight one main thing: God blesses his people and will deal harshly with those who seek to harm them.

Questions to Consider:

  1. It is important to remember that God is sovereign over all affairs of life. In this chapter, we note how he opens and closes the womb. He can do what no man can do. What things in life are you facing that seem impossible? Commit it to the Lord. Wait on him. Remember that he is God, and he will do what is right.

  2. In this life, God’s people will often feel oppressed and harassed. Yet, the Lord has his eye on his people and will vindicate them. What matters are you facing from others that cause you to think the lord has forgotten you?

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