I was born into the right family, at least that’s what my grandfather, Abraham, always told me while I was growing up. He would talk about how our family were children of God and carriers of the Blessing. I wasn’t too sure about that, my name means Deceiver. Why did Isaac and Rebecca, my parents, name me that?
Early in my life I pulled so many practical jokes on my family and the servants. It was fun and I could’ve kept it up all my life, but Mom said I had to grow up and learn to make a living before I got too old, so I made arrangements to go to Uncle Laban’s to work his flocks and save some money.
Little did I know that I would fall in love as soon as I got there. I guess Father God was serious about me growing up though, because Uncle Laban said I couldn’t marry her until I had worked seven years. He was tricking me, but we read the Word and made plenty of bonfires in the nights until finally the seven years were up.
Rachel and I were so glad to finally be getting married! We had a beautiful ceremony and feast, and when evening came I was so excited to spend my first night with Rachel in the Marriage Tent. When daylight came around though, I realized I had been with Leah all night, not Rachel! I was deceived and it seemed God was really testing me and my perseverance.
Laban said the older sister had to be married first, and now I could work seven more years for beautiful Rachel. I didn’t know if I could do it, but then I decided that I could endure anything for my dream.
Laban was much more dishonest and deceitful than I ever was, and he tricked me all throughout those seven years, but I was determined to hang in there. Finally Rachel and I got married and I was rewarded for all my hard work. Laban was a taskmaster and I was prisoner on his land.
My father always said that you will meet your match and I did in Laban, but I had gone through this sifting long enough because God answered my prayers and gave me a miracle solution to get even with Laban, the Evil Deceiver. God told me to hold a cross with two sticks over the mating flocks, and I could take all the resulting spotted animals for my own.
Laban agree to let me and my family have all the striped and spotted flocks and to leave, and Father God gave me many, many flocks with His secret strategy. After twenty years of being Laban’s slave, I left this time of sifting victorious! I had his two girls and all the flocks that would keep us the rest of our lives, along with my growing family. Of course, sifting times continued throughout my life, because Abraham told me that no one is perfect except the Most High God and when I wrestled with Him He had to leave my hip affected so I would remember that sifting was for purifying my heart. Elohim prospered me above and beyond all that I could ask or think!