The difference between failure and success is time.
Keep Pursuing Your Dream
Written by Felicia McKnight
Genesis 31:38-42 Amplified
These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not lost their young, nor have I eaten the rams of your flocks. I did not bring you the torn carcasses [of the animals attacked by predators]; I [personally] took the loss. You required of me [to make good] everything that was stolen, whether it occurred by day or night. This was my situation: by day the heat consumed me and by night the cold, and I could not sleep. These twenty years I have been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for [my share of] your flocks, and you have changed my wages ten times. If the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and [the Feared One] of Isaac, had not been with me, most certainly you would have sent me away now empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and humiliation and the [exhausting] labor of my hands, so He rendered judgment and rebuked you last night.”
In Genesis 31 Jacob is fleeing from his father-in-law, Laban, because He has been cheated out of his wages for all of his hard work an effort.
“So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field to his flock, And he said to them, I see how your father looks at me, that he is not [friendly] toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me. You know that I have served your father with all my might and power. But your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me.” (Genesis 31:4-7 AMP)
It sounds like the situation we have all been in. We have worked hard for our dreams to get to where we desire to be in life. We work hard and feel like we are not reaping what we should. Some of you are working on businesses. The money is not coming in yet. People have turned their backs on you. Some people have walked away from you and some people didn’t do what they said what they said they would do. Others are dealing with bosses who don’t reward you as you deserve for your efforts. Your dream of finishing school has hit a road block due to lack of support. Others have hit a stumbling block in advancing in your career. Whatever it is you are in the same position as Jacob with a basket full of dreams, hard work, labor, yet no real reward.
Be encouraged today that the same God in Genesis 31:7 is the same God for you today. God will not allow the enemy to harm or hinder you from your God ordained destiny.
“For all the riches which God has taken from our father are ours and our children’s. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do it.” (Genesis 31:16 AMP)
Whatever God has called you to do today and whatever dream He has placed in your heart I encourage you to keep pressing and pursuing. God is with you! He is a provider. He will meet every need for you to fulfill your destiny.
In verse 38 Jacob does what we do and list all the good things He has done out of faithfulness. He has exceeded expectations in his work performance and confronting His father in law. We have all been in this position. “Lord, I have worked for these people this many years and never seen a raise, bonus, or promotion. I am the best at what I do yet they always find fault. I deserve to be treated better than this.” Be reminded today God knows and He sees your faithfulness, your hard work and your efforts. In verse 38 Jacob also makes it known He was faithful working and exceeding expectations for 20 years. This lets us know his blessings didn’t come easy. He had to go through some things, overcome trials, and deal with the haters. He had hardship. He didn’t always received what He deserved. God sees your situation and we declare today the enemy in your life is rebuked in Jesus name!
“And if the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Dread [lest he should fall] and Fear [lest he offend] of Isaac, had not been with me, surely you would have sent me away now empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and humiliation and the [wearying] labor of my hands and rebuked you last night.” (Genesis 31:42 AMP)
God is able! He is faithful! He rewards those that diligently seek Him! Keep your eyes on God. Hold on to His hope and promises. Any obstacle or hindrances that stand before you we call the devil the liar He is and speak God’s word against it. You are victorious men and women of the Most High God. You are prosperous. You are overcomers. You are successful, smart business savvy individuals. You are more than conquerors. Greater is He that is in you then he that is in the world.
It took 20 years for Jacob to get to this point. That goes to show the difference between failure and success is time, never giving up, and always giving your best efforts. Stay focused. Keep holding on to God’s unchanging hand and get ready for the wave of Ephesians 3:20 blessings coming your way. Believe by faith and receive in Jesus Name. Amen. Be blessed and be encouraged!
Heavenly Father, thank you for being the sovereign, faithful God that you are. Today, I lift up every individual with a God given dream in their heart. I pray that every dream will continue to flourish into a reality according to your perfect will. May every dreamer be strengthened to remain in a place of faith and continue to hold on to your unchanging hand. May every dreamer be reminded that though the vision may tarry to continue to wait for it as it will surely come to pass and not be a moment late. May every dreamer hold on to your promise that no plan of yours can be thwarted no matter how difficult the obstacles may seem. May every dreamer receive the open doors, support provision, strength, grace, and peace they need for their dream to become a reality. May their dreams flourish exceedingly, abundantly, above all every dreamer could ask or imagine. In Jesus Name Amen!