Change of Heart
Today’s reading: Genesis 31:22-33:20
Are you impressed with the way God used the trials in Jacob’s life to humble him? As a young man, I was struck by a humorous statement attributed Confucius: “He who go out to set world on fire, usually come home for more matches.” I learned a lot of things the hard way during the decades of my 20’s to 40’s and returned home from four terms on the mission field, not for more matches, but for more understanding of God’s Word and to recover my faith in the truth of the gospel.
Jacob certainly went out proud and sure of himself. He came home wealthy but also wary of his brother, Esau.
How has God used trials and experience in your life to build godly character?
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[For more reflections on today’s passage see the January 12 reading in Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].