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LOVE STORY

Daily Devotional Genesis 29:1–35


Couples want everything to go perfectly on their wedding day. Yet, mishaps often make for the best stories and most entertaining videos. Perhaps your flower girl refused to walk down the aisle or the minister mixed up your vows.


The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

PSALM 33:11


In Genesis 29, Jacob experiences an unforgettable mix-up. Following his parents’ advice, he made the long journey to his mother’s family. In those days before mailing addresses, Jacob had to figure out exactly where they lived. At the local well, he asked if anyone knew his Uncle Laban. Not only did the shepherds know Laban but they also pointed out his daughter Rachel. Jacob was immediately smitten and offered to work for Laban for seven years for Rachel (v. 18). In the ancient world, these types of economic commitments were often made between families when a marriage was arranged. Even so, seven years was a long time.


When the wedding day came, Laban substituted his older daughter Leah for Rachel. When Jacob discovered the trick, he confronted Laban, “Why have you deceived me?” (v. 25). Laban explained, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one” (v. 26). This may remind you of the time when Jacob stole his older brother’s birthright (Genesis 27). Now on the receiving end of deception, Jacob would work another seven years to marry Rachel.


It was through Jacob, Rachel, and Leah that the founders of the twelve tribes of Israel were born. God used this “mishap” to fulfill His promises to Abraham. It is reassuring to know that even deception and family dysfunction cannot thwart God’s plan. God can overrule evil actions to accomplish His will.


Go Deeper


Considering Jacob’s past, what was your reaction to his wedding “mishap”? How does God use this deception? Have you ever seen God work through something you once viewed as a mistake?


Pray with Us:


Merciful Father, in Christ You forgive all who repent and turn to You. We humbly confess our sins and ask Your forgiveness. In Your love, You don’t hold them against us. Our hearts are full of gratitude! Praise to Your holy name!

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