What exactly was Laban thinking when he agreed to Jacob’s request to work seven years for the right to marry Rachel? Did he expect that his older daughter, Leah, would be married before the seven years were up? Did he suspect Jacob’s infatuation with his younger daughter would wane? He had only known her for a month.
We don’t know, of course. Scripture doesn’t tell us, but this account, along with the ongoing motif of deception in Jacob’s life, reminds us of our need to live with integrity. As the people of God, we are called to speak the truth at all times and put off even the appearance of falsehood (see Prov. 12:22; 2 Cor. 8:21; Col. 3:9; Heb. 13:18). We should live with integrity because we want to reflect the nature of God to the world and because we find rest, joy, and salvation in the truth—Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Because we have been saved by God’s truth and have confidence in our salvation through God’s truth, we are to live in truth in every facet of our lives.
In what ways can you live with increased integrity at home, at work, and in your community?