February 13, 2019

IT ‘S TIME TO MEET ESAU

Genesis 32 reads thus “So Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.  When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is God’s camp.” And he called the name of that place Mahanaim. Then Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. And he commanded them, saying, “Speak thus to my lord Esau, ‘Thus your servant Jacob says: “I have dwelt with Laban and stayed there until now.   I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, and male and female servants; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favor in your sight. Then the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he also is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”   So Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies.   And he said, “If Esau comes to the one company and attacks it, then the other company which is left will escape.” (Genesis 32:1-8)

What happened more than twenty years ago has not been erased from Jacob’s memory. The reason why he came to Haran was the fact that he took his brother’s blessing which was so painful to Esau and he had to flee for his life. You would think that 20 years were enough to make the pain go away. The fact that he was now thinking about it here after finishing with Laban’s case was a reminder that  problems that were not resolved will certainly come back to hunt us. We do not know why the angels met with him, but one thing was certain, it was an assurance that God was with him. May be that assurance brought back the remembrance of Esau and what he could do to ask for his forgiveness.  So in order to have peace, he sent messengers to him to tell him where he had been all these years, and how the LORD had blessed him. The messengers returned with good and bad news. The good news was that Esau was happy to hear about Jacob and his blessings, while the bad news was that he was coming to meet him in company of 400 men. This made Jacob to be afraid and he started to plan for ways to appease him.  He also brought the matter to God by praying to the God of his fathers who met him on the way to Haran. Truly God desires us to live in peace with all men as recorded in Hebrew 12:14 that says “Follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.”

So the LORD guided him to take out of his possessions to give to Esau as a present to appease him. He sent these presents ahead  and told them to say “They are your servant Jacob’s. It is a present sent to my lord Esau; and behold, he also is behind us.’  So he commanded the second, the third, and all who followed the droves, saying the same thing. For he said, “I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me.”  So the present went on over before him, but he himself lodged that night in the camp”  (Genesis 32:18-21).

It is good to know that God is in charge of all situations. As soon as Jacob committed the situation to the hand of God, he was able to rest on the shoulder of his God even in the midst of the uncertainties. He did not know what Esau would do especially because he was coming with 400 men. Proverbs 3:5-6 declares “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”  Whatever your fears are, or whatever uncertainties that might be on your way, it is good to trust in the LORD and believe that He will see you through. Our God is faithful and true, and He knows how to make a way of escape for you. There is no mountain before you that He cannot level, so also no valley that He cannot fill. He will straighten every crooked way before you. So do not give way to fear. Just as Jacob dealt with his own fear by calling on God that “SEES AND KNOWS” what he was going through, you too are a phone call away to receiving your breakthrough when you are able to call on the God of Jacob.  The LORD will meet you at the point of your needs in Jesus Name, Amen. God bless you all.

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