It was time to go. Jacob had done all things possible to promote God’s plan in his life—stole the birthright, stole the blessing and incurred the murderous anger of his brother Esau. Rebekah, his mom, planned for his escape—all the while, knowing she would lose her son to keep him safe. From a theological standpoint, did Rebekah and Joseph simply do God’s will or did God “Work all things together for good?” It is a tough question.
Bible History is filled with stories of trials and tribulation, deceit and murder, theft and prostitution all ultimately leading to God’s rich plan. There is no neat answer to why, simply proof that God truly works all things together to complete his plan in and for our lives.
In each of our lives, we can point to various times and events that were crushing and forever altered our course. Health, finance, relationships and careers inexplicably compromised or foolishly squandered. Those benchmarks challenge our faith, our hope and our very belief in our Heavenly Father’s love for us. But, as in the Bible, if we are willing to wait to the end of the story we will often find that the plan had amazing impacts on us and those around us. In other cases, we may never understand the extent our lives have affected the world we live in.
That is why Paul reminds us in Hebrews 11–that faith the substance of things hoped for and the assurance of things not seen. We can control our response to circumstances and our choices on how to live, love and how we treat others—BUT, beyond that we must trust him to complete the plan he has laid out for us! It may be time to go—but, it is never time to give up or lose faith!
God Bless You
Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”