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  • Alan Fong

Wrong Exit

Today’s Verse:

Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp? ~Genesis 31:27

Have you ever driven on a freeway and accidentally taken the wrong exit? If you have, you might have felt anxious and frustrated. Fortunately, in this day of advanced GPS technology, we can quickly get our bearings corrected and be back at our desired destination. A wrong exit can also be a hasty departure that has not been well-thought-out and that can lead to ill will and long-term animosity.

We see the decision.

Jacob assembled his entire clan together and told them that God appeared to him and told him to leave Laban. He unloaded to Rachel and Leah the mistreatment and losses that he endured during the twenty years he worked for Laban. That, in turn, led to feelings of ill will that the women had towards their father as well. So, Jacob and his clan packed up, took all of the flock that was his, and, abruptly and without notice, left the country of Syria by night. The decision to leave was made in Jacob’s heart long before God told him to go. What do we learn from this? First, it is always the right thing to have a mutual discussion with your employer, ministry leader, or whomever you are responsible to about your departure before actually leaving. There are many times when it is time to make a transition, and it should be done in an ethical and proper manner. Second, it is never the right thing to leave your marriage or abruptly walk away from your parents. Marriages can sometimes have seasons of stress and conflict. Walking out on your spouse because you have had enough does not solve the problem. It might be a quick escape, but it is never the solution. Third, it is never right to leave your church or abruptly walk away from pastoral leadership because you feel that you were offended or hurt. In most situations, there is a misunderstanding or an unwillingness to meet for resolution. Be very careful of exiting important relationships because of emotional feelings.

We see the damage.

When Laban realized that Jacob had abruptly left without any discussion and without saying goodbye, he became very angry and pursued after him. Laban saw that his idols were missing and assumed that Jacob may have misappropriated other possessions that b