June 24 Genesis 33:12-20

June 24 Genesis 33:12-20

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Heavenly Father, thank You for always being there for us, even when we aren’t obedient. I don’t know if Jacob was being fully obedient or not, but what I do know is that I can always obey Your directions because You are always doing what is best and guiding me in the direction that is best for Your kingdom. It might not be the easiest route, but I know it is always best. Help me to not hesitate to follow You and obey You. Guide me to be one that follows You blindly knowing You are my provider, my comfort, my shelter, my everything! Thank You for always being there for me even when I must go through the valleys. Without the valleys, we wouldn’t have peaks, so thank You for those valleys.
In Jesus’ name.

Jacob is back home. At least what was home to him the first years of his life. It was a foreign country to his wives, children and servants.
Do you think his hesitation was more about him caring for his flock and wanting to be sure they didn’t perish, or about possibly still having reservations about his relationship with Esau?
Why do you think he stopped and built his home before going on to join his brother and learning more about the terrain and people before building?
Do you ever hesitate when God directs you?
It is sometimes difficult to know when to blindly trust, and when to learn more about a person’s motives. One thing we can count on…our Heavenly Father is always trustworthy!

Genesis 33:12-20
12 Then Esau said, "Let us journey on our way, and I will go ahead of you."13 But Jacob said to him, "My lord knows that the children are frail, and that the nursing flocks and herds are a care to me. If they are driven hard for one day, all the flocks will die.14 Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly, at the pace of the livestock that are ahead of me and at the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir."15 So Esau said, "Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me." But he said, "What need is there? Let me find favor in the sight of my lord."16 So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir.17 But Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built himself a house and made booths for his livestock. Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.18 And Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram, and he camped before the city.19 And from the sons of Hamor, Shechem's father, he bought for a hundred pieces of money the piece of land on which he had pitched his tent.20 There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.


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