June 21– Genesis 32:1-12
June 21– Genesis 32:1-12
Heavenly Father, sometimes time heals wounds, and sometimes wounds fester with time, but the one thing I can always count on, is that You will guide me in the right way. It might not always be the easy way, but it will be the way You deem appropriate. Help me step forward with You in faith and not fear. I know You are trustworthy and I know You will be with me every step I take. Help me to remember that You are the ONLY one I have to please. Even when the rest of the world seems to be pushing me one way, You are the one I know I can trust to always guide me, and go with me. I never again have to face anything alone. Thank You Father, for always being there, loving me and guiding me the right way.
In Jesus’ name.
Now we read about an opportunity for the brothers to be reunited. At last Jacob calls upon God and asks him to deliver him from the hand of Esau. Think back about the treatment Esau received at the hand of his mother and Jacob. Think about how difficult the relationship between Jacob and Laban was, how difficult the relationship between Leah and Rachel had become and how manipulation caused all of these difficulties. We, too, have difficulties in relationships. While we need to do what we can to solve these difficulties, we must also realize that the most important thing we can do is pray and trust God. Think of struggles you have had in relationships. Call out to God for forgiveness and pray about the role God would have you play in reconciliation.
Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.2 And when Jacob saw them he said, "This is God's camp!" So he called the name of that place Mahanaim. 3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom,4 instructing them, "Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, 'I have sojourned with Laban and stayed until now.5 I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants. I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.'"6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him."7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps,8 thinking, "If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the camp that is left will escape."9 And Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, 'Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,'10 I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps.11 Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children.12 But you said, 'I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.'"