The LORD who knows the end from the beginning, and the happenings of the next day before it begins has a tendency to reveal things to HIS children and HIS servants for the benefit of those who will have an ear to hear!
NO day shall ever take you surprise – GOD will speak to your dawn, and teach you to do the same.
“Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place,
that it might take the earth by the edges
and shake the wicked out of it?
1. THE LABANS OF THIS WORLD HAVE ALREADY BEEN MUZZLED
I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’
GOD delivered him form the tongue lash. Curses come through words
GOD WILL SPEAK TO ANYBODY FOR YOUR PROTECTION AND ADVANCEMENT
2. THE ECONOMIC BULLIES OF THIS WORLD HAVE ALREADY BEEN REBUKED
If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night HE REBUKED YOU.”
You will remember that Laban had taken full advantage of Jacob’s naive nature. – the young man was a bad negotiator, in his interview for a job he was already doing, he settled for a seven year contract for just a wife.
Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.”
No hard feelings ladies. But you need more than a wife, when she comes, you Must be able to feed her. Woolworths organic foods don’t come cheap. Or else you may resort to feeding her street-wise two regularly at the risk of increasing her waist line considerably. The furniture, that bedding, 1000 count Egyptian cotton pillow cases, duvet covers, the iners the hospitality line emperor pillows, the fitted sheets, the mattress protectors, they better not be form Pep – this girl’s father was well off. We guys can do with the cheap ones but hey….. Past the wedding day things change dramatically
(You know, till I got married I did not a have a bed of my own and it did not bother me and inch. In fact up till today, when I go to my home, I still make my bed on the floor, serious. And my dear Mom doesn’t understand why I should put up in town when I have a home)
You Must be able to provide for her, a roof over her head is non-negotiable. That voile material for curtains, those blinds are pricey ‘broer’ !
The nail do, the eye pencil, the right make up
Her up keep, so’t she can stay sparkling – That Brazilian hair piece doesn’t come cheap.
It takes more than feelings to keep this thing exciting Jay! Beyond feelings you need finance. Romance is sustained by creativity. Creativity does need some cash.
2.2. JACOB SAW NOTHING ELSE BUT THAT CURVACEOUS FIGURE
Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.
Laban was pleased to exploit this naive fellow. At the end of the seven years on what was supposed to be Jacob’s happiest night since leaving his parent’s home, his honeymoon night, a shock would be awaiting him the next morning. I guess while Jacob was in “high spirits” having partaken of some spiked beverage,
2.3. LABAN’S PARTY COST MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.
So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.
When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”
2.4. BEWARE OF THE CUSTOMS THAT SHATTER DREAMS AND DEFER HOPE.
Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”
3. LAST NIGHT GOD DEALT WITH YOUR BALAAM’S
“Spend the night here,” Balaam said to them, “and I will report back to you with the answer the Lord gives me.” So the Moabite officials stayed with him.
God came to Balaam and asked, “Who are these men with you?”
Balaam said to God, “Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me this message: ‘A people that has come out of Egypt covers the face of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps then I will be able to fight them and drive them away.’”
BUT GOD SAID TO BALAAM, “DO NOT go with them. YOU MUST NOT put a curse on those people, because they are BLESSED.”
The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak’s officials, “Go back to your own country, for the LORD HAS REFUSED to let me go with you.”
So the Moabite officials returned to Balak and said, “Balaam refused to come with us.”
3.1. PURPOSE OF THE CURSE:
BE ABLE TO FIGHT THEM AND DRIVE THEM AWAY
You shall not be driven away from your inheritance in GOD
No one will drive you away from your job, your business, your premises, your house –
No one will be able to withstand you all your days. Those who dare rise up against you are counting their demise.
. . . . . . But the devil and his crew don’t always give up the first time
3.2. WHEN THE MONEY TRAP TRIPS THE OFFICIALS – GOD WILL NOT CHANGE HIS MIND ABOUT YOUR BLESSING.
“Then Balak sent other officials, more numerous and more distinguished than the first. They came to Balaam and said:
“This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me.”
. . . . . MISTAKE No. 1
GOD IS NOT A THING!!!
HE made all things – HE is above ALL things. NO-THING is too hard for HIM. ALL things are Possible with HIM. HE makes All things work together for the Good of those who Love HIM. HE fills our mouths with Good Things. HE makes All things Beautiful in HIS time. No Good thing will HE withhold from him whose walk is upright, But never count him among things – HE IS GOD! GOD SAID NO! The ill-informed officials dais the wrong thing about GOD!
. . . . . . MISTAKE No. 2
GOD DOES NOT CHANGE HIS MIND TO SUIT THE DESIRES OF THE WICKED – no matter how they pray….
Then Balak sent other officials, more numerous and more distinguished than the first. They came to Balaam and said
“This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me, because I will reward you handsomely and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse on these people for me.”
But Balaam answered them, “Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God. Now spend the night here so that I can find out what else the Lord will tell me.”
That night God came to Balaam and said, “Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you.”
Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
4. LAST NIGHT YOUR VINDICATION WAS SEALED – YOUR ACCUSERS ARE SILENCED.
Just then, as Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: “Leave that innocent man alone. I suffered through a terrible nightmare about him last night.”
When GOD calls you innocent, that’s what you are! Heaven testified the night before. Mrs Pilate struggled in a dream, Pilate, that is a NOBLE MAN. Well, guess who is testifying in favor of Jesus.
GOD will raise witnesses in your favor from the most unexpected corners.
In fact, I’ve concluded reputation isn’t the highest thing.
Build your character in GOD, Your reputation will catch up with the real you!
Whatever your story, your vindicator appeared last night. No wonder
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Isaiah 54:17 READ!!!
But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.
5. YOUR LIFE WAS COUNTED WORTHY OF ESCAPE WHATEVER THE SHIPWRECK.
After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
It is unusual that 217 people could be saved from a shipwreck without life boats. An unspecified number of them didn’t even know how to swim. Paul told them to hold on to the pieces of wood
The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely.
HOLD ON TO THE CROSS, it may look like just a piece of wood but you will make it to the other side