Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her. Genesis 29:21-23
What can any person expect who doesn’t own his sin, repent, and ask God for forgiveness? The events surrounding Jacob’s marriage reveal the answer. He reaped what he sowed. Jacob took advantage of his father’s blindness to deceive him. And then Laban took advantage of the cover of night to deceive Jacob. God instituted a world of sowing and reaping. Whatever ways I sin against others, I must know that I will bear the consequences of others sinning that way against me.
Jacob didn’t own his sin of deceit against his father and brother. He didn’t go to each of them, confess what he did, and then ask for forgiveness. Instead, he fled home to spare his life from the wrath of a spurned brother. History would be repeated by someone who knew nothing of Jacob’s original sin.
From what sin are you, or someone you love, running today? Fleeing without repenting guarantees nothing but the assurance that consequences will play out in exactly the same ways as the unconfessed sin that is being avoided. David said in the Psalms, “Where can I go from your presence?” That is a comfort for the repentant and a curse for the arrogant who believes he can outrun God’s spiritual laws.
No matter how many Good Fridays I celebrate, I will never understand the depths of your mercy. Amen