January 31
Genesis 29:21-28

A deal is a deal

After seven years of working for Rachel’s father, Jacob said to Laban, “The time is up; let me marry your daughter now.”

So Laban gave a wedding feast and invited everyone. But that night after the feast, instead of giving Rachel to Jacob, Laban gave his older daughter Leah to him.

The next day, Jacob went to Laban and said, “You tricked me!”

Laban replied, “It is our custom to give the older daughter to be married first. If you work for another seven years, I will also give you Rachel.”

Jacob agreed to the new deal, and so, after the bridal week was over, Rachel became Jacob’s wife as well, and Jacob had to work for Laban another seven years.

How should I react when I am tricked?

Have you ever made a deal with someone only to find out that you have been tricked? What should you do?

Maybe you are angry because you feel used and humiliated. Don’t react in anger or take revenge. Don’t let bitterness (hateful thoughts) make your life miserable.

Tell your parents or a teacher what happened. They may be able to make a wise decision like a judge does when two people have a disagreement about something.

If there is nothing that can be done to change the situation, accept what has happened and trust the Lord to make things right.

Verse for today

Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. Romans 12:19