June 23 Genesis 33:1-11
June 23 Genesis 33:1-11
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Father, help me keep the important things separate and realize that a hundred years from now the things I feel are important today, won’t even exist in the near future, so why give them any part of our life today. The world says, “Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff!”, and most of what we give our energy to is small stuff that we think matters, but Father, I know what You would like for us focus on are things that do matter. Matter in the sense of people’s lives and eternity. Why do we give so much attention to things that are temporary and almost no attention to the things that are eternal? Help me see things as You do Father. Help me see what matters most to You, and to spend my time on things that truly matter. Help me spend my time and the talents You gave me wisely.
In Jesus’ name. Amen!
Jacob realized God had dealt graciously with him. How often do we not see clearly the mercy and grace God gives us?
Do you ever find yourself blaming God because He didn’t warn you of a trial or give you a heads up that things were going to get better so you didn’t have to worry?
This world is becoming more and more of a society that blames others for their mistakes or even their intentional shortcomings.
Why do you think this is becoming more of a problem with each generation?
Do you ever wonder how we compare to some of the really bad people the Old Testament talks about, like in Sodom. The cultures that sacrificed their children to Gods?
Sacrificing comes in many different forms. We see Jacob was willing to sacrifice some of his possessions and wealth to appease his brother, but the love Esau had for Jacob was stronger than the feelings of being cheated he had.
Is there someone you need to apologize to, or forgive? Is there someone you have held a grudge for or even feared that You can now let go of?
And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two female servants.2 And he put the servants with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all.3 He himself went on before them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.4 But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.5 And when Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women and children, he said, "Who are these with you?" Jacob said, "The children whom God has graciously given your servant."6 Then the servants drew near, they and their children, and bowed down.7 Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down. And last Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down.8 Esau said, "What do you mean by all this company that I met?" Jacob answered, "To find favor in the sight of my lord."9 But Esau said, "I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself."10 Jacob said, "No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me.11 Please accept my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough." Thus he urged him, and he took it.