Twenty years later, he would have to face him again.
As Jacob returned to the land of Canaan, word reached him that Esau was coming to meet him – with 400 of his men! Understandably, Jacob cried out to God, “Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me…” (Genesis 32:11).
Jacob had every reason to be afraid. The last he had heard from his brother, Esau had threatened to kill him for stealing his birthright and his blessing. The arrival of the man, along with 400 soldiers, would cause anyone to quake in their boots. Jacob remembered his wrong; he remembered Esau’s threat to get even (resulting in his current fear). But, then Jacob remembered something else – the promise of God.
But you said, “I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.” (v.12)
When faced with very real fears, and very real dangers, Jacob fell upon the very real promises of God. We can do the same today. God hasn’t promised us offspring as numerous as the sand of the sea, or that we’ll become a great nation, but He has promised to never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). And, regarding fear, Jesus once said,
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31)
Are you fearful today? Fall upon God’s promises. –Dave
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