Jacob’s life has been marked by sin and strife. However, life’s hardship must be placed within a greater context. This passage demonstrates how the proper context for the pain of life is our hope in the goodness of God.
Jacob found himself in a situation that is common to us all. God had commanded him to worship, but he knew that there was sin in his household. He asked himself the question, “How can I worship God with sin in my heart?”
What happens when we bring trouble upon ourselves? Does God wash His hands and say, “This is all your fault. You are getting what you deserved”? This is the situation in which Jacob found himself after his sons destroyed the city of Shechem. It is truly a “day of distress.”
This passage teaches us four truths to think about before you trust your own impulse, instinct, or even “the desire of your heart.”
We start the new year by looking at the end of the book, and at what God has revealed to us about the end and culmination of history. This final passage of the Bible imparts urgency to the seriousness of the gospel of Christ, as well as boldness for its proclamation.
Christ’s expectation for His Bride is for her to grow into spiritual maturity.