And Laban said, "It must not be done so in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn." (Genesis 29:26)
We do not excuse Laban for his dishonesty.
But there are lessons we can learn from his custom.
There are some things in life which must be taken in order.
If we want to win the second, we must secure the first.
The second may be the more lovely, but the elder must be married first.
As Christians, we may desire the joy and peace in believing, but we must first repent of our sins and live a holy life.
The cross must be carried before the crown can be worn.
We must follow our Lord in His humiliation, or we shall never rest with Him in glory.
Like Jacob, our years of service will be short and sweet because of the love we have to Jesus.
And when the hour to be with Jesus has come, we will forget all our toils, our pain and labor.