In these verses, we see:
- The last leg of Jacob’s journey back home,
- Esau embrace his brother Jacob,
- Esau accept Jacob’s gift,
- And Jacob, still the deceiver, has no intention of following Esau
Have you ever let irrational fears control of you? Have you made decisions in your life to prepare for those irrational fears? Have you prepared your mind, because you really believed that these things would happen the way you feared? Have you played the role of a false-prophet?
Many fears are unfounded. They are not based upon any sound evidence. Most of the time they actually contradict what God has promised us.
For application, I want us to more FEARLESSLY trust God in our lives
In Genesis 32:7 Jacob seemed to reach the peak of his FEAR in regards to meeting Esau. Jacob was scared even though GOD told him to go back there, and even though God told Jacob, “I WILL BE WITH YOU” in Genesis 31:3.
We even see Jacob organize the people traveling with him in order to prepare for his fears. How have you done something similar in your life?
God told Jacob what to do and PROMISED that He would be with him, and Jacob was still scared! Initially, I’m thinking, “How could you be afraid? God is with you! He promised to prosper you!” What a relief it must have been in Genesis 33:4 when Jacob’s fears proved to be unfounded.
This can easily relate to us, because God tells us the same types of things. God tells us where to go, then promises us that He will be with us.
Yet through all of this, we are still scared to obey, afraid of the unknown, letting irrational and unfounded fears cloud out God’s Word, promises, and calling on our lives.
Here’s a question to ponder today:
In what ways is God calling you to stop trying to control your situation in order to prepare for your fears, but rather to trust Him and His promise that He will be with you?
Here’s an assignment:
Read Isaiah 41:9b-10 and Isaiah 41:13: What is the basis, or foundational reasoning, that we shouldn’t fear?
By: Sam Cirrincione