It’s easy to read the Bible as a bunch of isolated stories and forget that these were real people enduring real sorrow and suffering.
The same Jacob who left home because his brother wanted him dead was the same Jacob whose son, Joseph, was taken from him and was the same Jacob whose daughter, Dinah, was assaulted in chapter 34. Jacob also lost his father, Isaac, in this chapter as well.
Sorrow upon sorrow.
We have all been there.
Which is why I love Jacob’s testimony in Genesis 35:3.
To the God –
• who answers me in the day of my distress
- and –
• has been with me wherever I have gone
Some of Jacob’s distress was his own doing and some of it was because of wrongs done to him. Either way, the Lord’s response is the same.
When our pain is our own doing – God answers us in our distress and is with us wherever we go.
When we have been wronged and live with the effects – God answers us in our distress and is with us wherever we go.
God is faithful. God is consistent. God is present. That was Jacob’s testimony. ♥️