January 23, 2017. Genesis 32-34.
Jacob is scared. Here is the scenario, his twin brother who he stole his birthright from (chapter 27) and has not seen in years, is fast approaching with an army of 400 men. Esau had promised to kill Jacob which is why Jacob left and went to Laban in the first place. Jacob is scared for his life, but also for his family. So what does he do? He cries out to God letting him know of his fear and reminding not only God but himself of that promise he was made long ago.
9 Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. 12 But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’”
Sometimes it is tough watching a storm start to brew and feeling that dread come over you. Knowing that the next few days or weeks or months are going to be a struggle. Is that bill going to get paid on time? How long will this job last? Watching a loved one go through a sickness. That impending battle or storm can be enough to make anyone scared and question whether or not God is still there and does he remember that you are still here.
But here is the good news, he has NOT forgotten about you. You have no reason to worry or be afraid. A great reminder can be found in Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet our heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
In chapter 33 we see that Jacob had nothing to fear. Esau ran to meet his brother, embracing him and kissing him and they both were in tears. Jacob was scared and worried for no reason, God had it all under control. So next time that fear starts to trickle in, be reminded that there is a plan in store for you, God has you in the palm of his hand safe and secure.