Today's readings of Genesis 29:1-30 (the deceiver Jacob being deceived by Uncle Laban) and Mark 9:14-32 provide comfort to the Church today. All the human mischief, weakness, unbelief, victimization, demonization end up highlighting the Lord's kindness, strength, wisdom, faithfulness (for though we deny Him, He cannot deny Himself), mercy, and help. This is why the Church has survived the centuries - for our faith is still as weak as those in Mark 9. But the Son of Jacob (note - through LEAH!) has come to destroy the deceiving demon's work. Not to mention the most beautiful prayer that has blessed the Church for centuries.
Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!