January 14, 2011
“ 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.” (Genesis 32:9-11) NIV
Jacob was such a key man in God’s plan. Out of Jacob, later known as Israel; came the Twelve Tribes of Israel. However Jacob had an enemy that hated him, his brother Esau. Jacob tricked Esau twice and in the process, Jacob ended-up not only with Esau’s birthrights, but also with his father’s special blessing. After spending twenty years serving his father-in-law, Laban; a mirror image of his personality; it was time for Jacob to move on in pursuit of his destiny; but there was a problem, a big problem. Esau made a promise to kill him and was, indeed waiting for him with four hundred men to do so. Jacob found himself in a tough situation; a situation that many of us find ourselves in many times. We want to move forward, but our past is getting in the way of our destiny.
This story is fascinating and filled with many lessons. Jacob, even as he was afraid, continued his journey. He humbled himself before his brother; he did more than just saying: “I am sorry;” Jacob made an enormous effort to make things right by giving his brother great gifts. However, we must also remember two things: Jacob was in the center of God’s will and He wrestled with God for God to bless Him. We must go after God in this and all situations; God is able to change circumstances and people for our benefit. Esau and Jacob finally saw each other face-to-face. By the time they did, Esau’s heart was totally changed; they hugged, cried, made peace and went their separate ways. When our past gets in the way of our destiny…follow Jacob’s story and trust the Lord!