but he has cheated me, changing my wages ten times. But God has not allowed him to do me any harm. – Genesis 31:7
Jacob had worked for 14 years to earn the right to marry his two wives from his uncle Laban, and he had worked another 6 years to earn the flocks and herds he amassed while working for his uncle. During that time Laban changed Jake’s wages 10 times in order to keep him enslaved. Then, the LORD told Jake to take his family and all he had and head to the land of the Canaanites, which had been promised to his father and grandfather by God. As the group left Laban’s house, Laban and his men hunted down Jake and his family to bring them back to the house, but God told Laban to not mess with Jake and crew. Thus, God did as Jake had said – Laban did him no harm.
Many times in scripture we read of where the righteous have been enslaved, murdered, tortured, burned, and even slaughtered, but here we read where Jake said that God did not allow Laban to harm him. This passage reminds me of the words of the psalmist,
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
Even if I were to be imprisoned for my faith or tortured or even killed, am I really in harm? Didn’t the apostle Paul tell us that to be absent from the body is to be with the Anointed One? Thus, as the psalmist said elsewhere, “If God be for us, then who can be against us?” Therefore, I say to let us stand in confidence through the Spirit of the LORD and let us fight the good fight of faith and share the Good News of Jesus wherever the Spirit of the LORD leads us! No harm can come to us! We either walk in the power God has given us through Jesus and the Spirit or die trying! Either way we win! We do the work set before us, or we end up going home to our eternal reward and hear, “Well done!”
Father, how I lay my life down before you and ask that you empower me to do the work you’ve called me to do in this short breath that I have here on earth. May your will be done, and not mine. I used to fear the unknown and worry about what people said and thought of me, but no more! I know who I am. I am a son of the Most High and joint-heir with Jesus! What is yours is mine! I have the full arsenal of heaven at my disposal. Greater are you who lives in me than the one who lives in this world! I am more than a conqueror. I am victorious in Jesus the Anointed One! By His blood and the word of my testimony let’s hit the battlefield running with swords held high and words of grace uttering from our lips! May we be the salt and light in this world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.