Jacob had twelve sons by two wives and two maidservants. This set the stage for a terrible family life which included jealousy, attempted murder, selling Joseph as a slave, deceit, sexual sin, incest, and unforgiveness. That's only to mention a few of this dysfunctional family's problems.
Even in soap operas, we have never seen such a bizarre series of events as Jacob's family produced. I wish that no family could relate to the absolute chaos of Jacob's family. But more and more people are going through similar events in their family lives. However, as with Jacob's family, the Lord can save, forgive, reconcile, heal, and deliver families from the worst conditions. If we repent and forgive one another, the Lord will do the impossible. If we give our lives and families to the Lord, He will turn even the most terrible circumstances to the good for those who love Him (Rm 8:28).
Family life today is in serious trouble, but Jesus can save any family. "That is why I kneel before the Father from Whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name; and I pray...May He strengthen you inwardly through the working of His Spirit. May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith" (Eph 3:14-17).
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†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 1, 2011.