Genesis 30:25-26 (NLT) 25Soon after Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Please release me so I can go home to my own country. 26Let me take my wives and children, for I have earned them by serving you, and let me be on my way. You certainly know how hard I have worked for you.”
Three signs of a miserable job:
Genesis 30:27-30 (NLT) 27“Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for the LORD has blessed me because of you. 28Tell me how much I owe you. Whatever it is, I’ll pay it.” 29Jacob replied, “You know how hard I’ve worked for you, and how your flocks and herds have grown under my care. 30You had little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. The LORD has blessed you through everything I’ve done. But now, what about me? When can I start providing for my own family?”
Genesis 31:6-7a (NLT) 6“You know how hard I have worked for your father, 7but he has cheated me, changing my wages ten times.”
Genesis 31:14-15 (NLT) 14Rachel and Leah responded, “That’s fine with us! We won’t inherit any of our father’s wealth anyway. 15He has reduced our rights to those of foreign women. And after he sold us, he wasted the money you paid him for us.”
Genesis 30:27 (NLT) “Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for the LORD has blessed me because of you.”
Genesis 30:30b (NLT) “The LORD has blessed you through everything I’ve done.”
Genesis 31:3 (NLT) Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your father and grandfather and to your relatives there, and I will be with you.”
The Ways of God
God never rushes.
God always remembers.
God regularly restores.
How Does God Heal Damaged Relational Messes?
We have to verbalize the hurt.
We resolve to stop hurting each other.
Try to see things from their perspective.
We begin to receive God’s heart for this other person.