“And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.”
Laban learned a lesson the hard way that many people need to learn before they make the same mistake that he made. Laban said, “I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.” In this statement, Laban pleaded with Jacob not to leave him because he knew that he was being blessed because of what Jacob had done for him. Laban understood that his life was not bettered because of himself, but his wealth increased because of Jacob. Experience told him that God’s blessings didn’t start falling on him until Jacob began working for him.
The mistake that Laban made was that he was so hard on Jacob that Jacob wanted to leave because of how he was being treated. Laban nearly lost the person who was the reason why he was being blessed because he took those blessings for granted. Laban could have enjoyed the time of blessings much more had he treated Jacob better. In this story, there are several lessons about God’s blessings that you must apply to your life to enjoy those blessings to their fullest.
First, don’t take God’s blessings for granted. Many people have taken God’s blessings for granted only to realize what they had after those blessings were gone. If God is blessing your church, you had better enjoy seeing those blessings. God’s blessings can leave as quickly as they came. My friend, always remember that those blessings probably won’t be there for the rest of your life; so, you had better enjoy them to their fullest while God is allowing them to fall.
Second, sometimes God chooses to bless you through the blessing of God on another’s life. Just because you are enjoying God’s blessings because of God’s hand on another person doesn’t mean that you are bad. God does bless individuals, and sometimes He chooses to move you under those individuals so that their overflow of blessings will fall on you. If God chooses to bless you because of another, enjoy those blessings and learn everything you can from them. You will never know if God is teaching you how to get those blessings so that you can be the object of blessings for others in the future.
Third, don’t let the jealously of God’s blessings on another cause you to drive away your enjoyment of their blessings. Many people have been blessed because of another, but they badly treated those who were blessed and drove them away. Sometimes a leader is blessed because of a follower. Laban was the older leader, but he was blessed because of the younger follower, Jacob. If God is blessing a leader because of the follower, the leader had better be careful about not letting jealously drive the source of blessing away.
Fourth, stay where the blessings are falling; you don’t want to live a life of regret wishing you would have stayed and enjoyed those blessings. Many people have foolishly thought they were blessed and left the source of blessing, when in reality, they were enjoying the crumbs from another’s table. You will rue the day that you left the source of blessing. Stay put! Don’t let “greener grass” cause you to move. Unless God’s will is obviously moving you, you had best stay where the blessings are falling so you don’t live a life of regret.