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Restraining Grace

Genesis 31:22-24

On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled. So he took his relatives with him, pursued Jacob for seven days, and overtook him at Mount Gilead. But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night. “Watch yourself!” God warned him. “Don’t say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.” 

Laban went after Jacob with a vengeance, but God restrained him. Although Laban caught up with Jacob, God did not allow him to harm Jacob in any way. When we set out to do what God has told us to do, He will not allow the Devil to harm us, either. While he may chase us and pose a threat, God will restrain him from doing any actual harm. 

I’m sure Jacob was nervous when he saw Laban and his relatives. He knew he had done the wrong thing by not telling Laban he was leaving. At this point, Jacob’s biggest battle ensued in his own mind. What would Laban do? Would he try to take his daughters and grandchildren? Jacob may even have been trying to devise schemes to outsmart Laban. There was no need, however, for worry or strategizing.  God had already taken care of the matter. 

Realize that when you move in the direction God is leading you, He will restrain the enemy from devouring you. While he may threaten you, he will not overcome you. Many of your worst battles are fought in your own mind from your own guilt. Turn to God with complete abandon, and rely upon His grace. He has your back!

Have a blessed day!

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