v 25. But when Jacob woke up in the morning—it was Leah! “What have you done to me?” Jacob raged at Laban. “I worked seven years for Rachel! Why have you tricked me?”
Don’t you just feel for Jacob! Seven years hard work and he is palmed off with the cross-eyed elder daughter, Leah! It was Rachel he loved and expected to marry, because, as it says in verse 17 ‘ There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face.‘ Don’t you sense too that Laban felt a bit ashamed in v 20, ‘So Jacob agreed to work seven more years. A week after Jacob had married Leah, Laban gave him Rachel, too.‘ Wow, 2 wives in a week!
This certainly is a love story with twists and turns, but the wonderful things is that God is in it too. Jacob’s dream back in chapter 28:15 surely stuck in his mind ‘What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” ‘ This may be a human love story, but it is also part of the divine love story of God’s care for his people.
How hard it is at the times when our best laid plans seem to be going astray to see the hand of God in our circumstances, and to be able to rest in the sure knowledge that God will fulfil the good plans He has for us. If things don’t seem to be under control for you today, hang in, God loves you still.