The Mizpah

Lou Lotz

READ : Genesis 31:43-50

The Lord watch between you and me, when we are out of one another’s sight. (v. 49)

I remember the Women’s Bible Study at my first church. They were the sweetest old
ladies, a garden of blue-haired topiaries, and they’d been friends forever. At the end of
the class they would stand in a circle, join hands, and recite the Mizpah: “The Lord watch
between me and thee, while we are absent one from another.” It was a heartfelt prayer that
God would watch over these beloved Christian friends while they were apart from one

When Laban spoke those words, however, he meant them as warning: “Don’t try anything
underhanded when we are not together, Jacob. You may be out of my sight, but you’re not
out of God’s sight!” Laban wanted his shifty son-in-law to remember that God was always

Concerned citizens in a town in New York shut down an adult bookstore by stationing
themselves across the street and watching customers come and go. Sure enough, customers
stayed away. People act differently when they know they’re being watched.

Think about this: nothing escapes God’s notice. In the Father’s eyes, the fine print of your life, and my life, reads like a billboard. Remember that as you go about your day.


Lord, let me live a life that is pleasing to you. Amen.