Jacob's Family, God's Grace

The lessons set before us today can literally save your marriage, can salvage your family relationships, can solve your own heart’s relentlessly unsatisfying hunt for happiness.Our text in Genesis 30 records two of the most common challenges for every human: the temptation for women, on the one hand, to find their identity in their family, and the temptation for men, on the other hand, to find their identity in their work.The great problem with replacing God’s pleasure at our core, as the source of our identity, is that nothing in the universe is big or good or loving enough to fill that void.By contrast, as we are reminded by God's grace even in Genesis 30, in Christ we are complete! Because of Christ the ultimate verdict is in, and God is well pleased with me. And so in Christ I can now freely love, freely serve, freely enjoy others.