Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 33.
Meditate on Genesis 33:4 “But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.”
The moment Jacob dreaded and wrestled with God about is finally here. Esau is on the horizon. He and his 400 men are quickly approaching Jacob and his flock. He seems to order them by placing his most prized possessions in the rear, and he takes the lead this time.
In humility and seemingly trusting God Jacob bows low to Esau seven times. In complete opposition to what Jacob deserved and what he expected would happen when he would meet the brother he had betrayed, Esau embraces him in love.
The chapter ends with Jacob again falling into his sinful habit of deception when he tells his brother to go on ahead that he will be right behind him. When in reality Jacob planned on pitching his tent away from Esau even though he had received him so well.
Isn’t it the same with us? We spend so much time running from the Lord. We are sure that what we have done is far too much for Him to forgive. When the truth is He is longing for us to run into His loving embrace. He is ready to receive us back to Himself. If God could ensure that these brothers would be restored even after such great deception occurred, how much more does He desire that we are restored to Him as his sons and daughters?
Prayer: God thank you that your top priority is the reconciliation of your people to yourself. Thank you for revealing that even our fear that we have strayed too far from the possibility of forgiveness isn’t enough to keep us apart from you. God help me to desire that restoration in my life and in the lives of those around me. Help me trust you when you promise that you have gone before me and made the way. Help me to relay that message to those around me that desperately need that truth, Jesus. In your name, I pray, amen.
How does God prove to be faithful in this passage in spite of Jacob’s fear?
How does Esau’s reaction show that Jacob’s fretting and worry were unwarranted?
What does this passage foreshadow about the forgiveness we have in Jesus Christ?
Has there ever been a time in your life where you let fear carry your thoughts away?
What did God teach you through that event about trusting Him?
Memorize Romans 8:39 “No power in the sky above or in the earth below- indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”