Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 18, 2022

“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion. … “Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness.”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 30:25-43.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+30&version=NASB1995

I quote only the following verses.

“Now it came about when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own place and to my own country.  Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me depart;  for you yourself know my service which I have rendered you.”  But Laban said to him, “If now it pleases you, stay with me;  I have divined that the LORD has blessed me on your account.”  He continued, “Name me your wages, and I will give it.”  But he said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you and how your cattle have fared with me.  For you had little before I came and it has increased to a multitude, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I turned.  But now, when shall I provide for my own household also?”  So he said, “What shall I give you?”  And Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything.  If you will do this one thing for me, I will again pasture and keep your flock:  let me pass through your entire flock today, removing from there every speckled and spotted sheep and every black one among the lambs and the spotted and speckled among the goats;  and such shall be my wages.  So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come concerning my wages.  Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, will be considered stolen.”  Laban said, “Good, let it be according to your word.”  …

Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white which was in the rods.  He set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink;  and they mated when they came to drink.  So the flocks mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.  Jacob separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban;  and he put his own herds apart, and did not put them with Laban’s flock.  Moreover, whenever the stronger of the flock were mating, Jacob would place the rods in the sight of the flock in the gutters, so that they might mate by the rods;  but when the flock was feeble, he did not put them in;  so the feebler were Laban’s and the stronger Jacob’s.  So the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys.”  Genesis 30:25-34 and 37-43.   

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God gave Jacob wisdom both discretion on how to respond to a difficult Laban and knowledge on how to mate the flocks.

The purpose on this devotion is to meditate on the benefits of wisdom.

“12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And I find knowledge and discretion.

13 “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverted mouth, I hate.
14 “Counsel is mine and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, power is mine.
15 “By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
16 “By me princes rule, and nobles,
All who judge rightly.
17 “I love those who love me;
And those who diligently seek me will find me.
18 “Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring wealth and righteousness.

19 “My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold,
And my yield better than choicest silver.
20 “I walk in the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 To endow those who love me with wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.” Proverbs 8:12-21.


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