Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Jacob Meets Esau
1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two maidservants. 2 He put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. 5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. "Who are these with you?" he asked. Jacob answered, "They are the children God has graciously given your servant."
6 Then the maidservants and their children approached and bowed down. 7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.
8 Esau asked, "What do you mean by all these droves I met?" "To find favor in your eyes, my lord," he said.
9 But Esau said, "I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself."
10 "No, please!" said Jacob. "If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. 11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need." And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.
When last we saw Esau he was plotting to kill Jacob. Jacob feared the meeting, and did all damage control he could, and then braced for the worst. Something strange then happened, Esau did not kill him! In fact, he hugged him and welcomed Jacob home.
We will dread many things in our life. I HATE confrontation, and will do almost anything to get out of a situation. God is with me, as He was with Jacob, so why should I be afraid? Sometimes doubt can make us scared, scared of outcomes and scared of God’s strength. Go ahead. Live life and don’t be afraid. Many times we will be surprised by the results.
Prayer- Lord, Give me strength to confront my fears and anxieties. Help me remember that you are with us as we go through life. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do- Read Genesis 33:12-20