Genesis 30:35-36 (NIV)
35 That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs, and he placed them in the care of his sons. 36 Then he put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban’s flocks.
I love re-reading old Bible stories. No matter how many times I open the Bible there is always something new revealed to me.
I was reading about hardworking, diligent Jacob who finally and honestly expressed a desire to “have something for his household”. His final offered suggestion on the outside did not look or sound like a good deal.
Laban readily agreed, yet he proceeded to attempt to slow the process by removing the very animals Jacob asked to have as salary. But, God! Jacob listened to the whisperings of the Lord and asked for a flock of misfits. Spotted, speckled, streaked and dark coated, possibly not the most desirable but still in the hands of the Lord and with proper, simple genetic machinations, the seemingly weak, defective livestock became the foundation of a great flock of walking wealth. God blessed him with the skill and knowledge to turn apparent damage into wealth.
Oft told are stories of people who have seemingly gone from “rags to riches” yet, what may be unseen is how the hand of God moved and worked in those lives. Being damaged, broken and seemingly appearing weak are often just the foundation God needs to turn tragedy into triumph or misfortune into gold.
Making His praise glorious!
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- The Lie of Deception (shilohrestoration.org)
- Jacob in the Chase for Excellence 1 (soaringtogether.wordpress.com)
- the bible on investments 30 (soaringtogether.wordpress.com)