Genesis 29:13b-14a “When Jacob had told him his story, Laban exclaimed, “You really are my own flesh and blood!”
We need to exercise caution when we tell others about our lives. When we are young and foolish, we often make unwise choices that lead us down a rocky, uneven path. Sometimes, in a strange sort of way, we are proud to have lived our lives in sin. We think nothing of sharing our history with people we’ve just met without taking into account the consequences.
Jacob told his Uncle Laban his story which included how he tricked his father and cheated his brother. Laban, understanding that the trickster could be tricked, knew all too well how to deceive Jacob. Laban was wise enough to know that deception and trickery was a family trait. After all, how did Rebekah learn?
We may think confession is good for the soul; however, it could lead to places we dare not go. Even Laban fell victim to Jacob’s deceptions, and when Jacob took his wives and children and left, it took Laban three days to notice and even then someone had to tell him.
Be wise when you share your story and with whom you share it. You never know what may be lying in wait.