It doesn’t matter how much control and power we think we have, God is still God over Heaven and Earth. He can even open and close the womb.
When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. (Genesis 29:31 NKJV)
God opened Leah’s womb to allow child bearing and she has four sons (she goes on to have more in the next Chapter).
When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now I will praise the Lord .” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing. (Genesis 29:31, 35 NKJV)
Praise God for the power to give life.
Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice and wept. (Genesis 29:11 NKJV)
I really like the story of Jacob meeting Rachel. Jacob was Laban’s sister’s son. Laban was the father of Rachel, who had all the characteristics of a woman that Jacob liked. It was true love.
However, Laban deceives Jacob. Jacob agrees to work for Laban for 7 years that he may marry Rachel. It says that the seven years seemed like only a few days to Jacob because he loved Rachel so much (a woman can have a strange affect on you like that). Laban has another plan for his firstborn daughter, Leah. They deceive Jacob and he ends up marrying Leah. But, because Jacob loves Rachel so much, he works for Laban another 7 years in order to marry her.
Leah’s eyes were delicate, but Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance. Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.” (Genesis 29:11, 17, 18 NKJV)
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:25-34
It doesn’t get any easier than that, does it? This Roman jailer was responsible for keeping guard of the prisoners, Paul and Silas. Although they were being persecuted against for their belief in the Son of God, Paul and Silas were found praising God. Then, a great earthquake caused all of the prison cells and prisoners chains to break – releasing all of the prisoners.
The guard knew his life was in danger because the prisoners had escaped under his watch – he didn’t want to face the judgement of men for his mistakes. However, Paul cries out to him to stop because all of the prisoners are still there. In a moment of true fear of life, the guard asks Paul and Silas what he must do to be saved. He had just witnessed a powerful act beyond his understanding and a new perspective on life hit hard. I believe that the guard knew that this was an act of judgement against the persecution of the followers of God. He was afraid and wanted to repent.
The answer from Paul and Silas was as simple as it remains today, believe in the Lord and you will be saved.