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SEES AND CARES
In Genesis 31 we read how God instructed Jacob to go back to his father's house after he had spent 20 years working for Laban.
When Laban was told that Jacob had fled, he gathered a group of relatives and pursued them.
He finally caught up with them, but not before the Lord had warned him in a dream not to harm Jacob.
There was an altercation between the two men, during which Jacob said, "For twenty years I have been with you, caring for your flocks. In all that time your sheep and goats never miscarried. In all those years I never used a single ram of yours for food. If any were attacked and killed by wild animals, I never showed you the carcass and asked you to reduce the count of your flock. No, I took the loss myself! You made me pay for every stolen animal, whether it was taken in broad daylight or in the dark of night. I worked for you through the scorching heat of the day and through cold and sleepless nights. Yes, for twenty years I slaved in your house! I worked for fourteen years earning your two daughters, and then six more years for your flock. And you changed my wages ten times! In fact, if the God of my father had not been on my side—the God of Abraham and the fearsome God of Isaac—you would have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen your abuse and my hard work. That is why He appeared to you last night and rebuked you!" (Genesis 31:38-42).
What an encouraging scripture!
God sees it when people abuse us - be it in our work place or in a relationship or anywhere else.
And God sees our hard work.
He sees when we give it our all but don't get any recognition or the proper compensation for our work.
He sees when we suffer loss in a business deal.
He sees when people cheat us and take advantage of us.
And He steps in.
The Word says vengeance belongs to the Lord (Romans 12:19). It also says we shouldn't repay evil with evil, but with good (Romans 12:21).
That means we can trust the Lord to act in our behalf.
Many people suffer abuse in their work place. Many business owners suffer loss because of clients or even workers, but in all these things we can know that God sees what is happening to us and that He cares.
We can trust Him to come to our resque and to help us in our situation.
God is with us just as He had been with Jacob.
And He cares about us and what is happening to us just as He cared about Jacob.
Let us allow Him to act in our behalf and do what we can't do.
Let us trust Him to come to our aid.
Faith in God never leaves us disappointed!