What an amazing start to a chapter–“Jacob also went his way and the angels of God met him–God was pretty open about his support of Jacob, and yet when he heard his brother was coming with 400 men to meet him, he was instantly put into great fear and distress and took control of the situation…hmmm. One would ask, how could Jacob spin immediately into fear and distress when he is literally camping with angels? The truth is–we are all simply moments away from doubt and fear in our walks with God.
Faith is a moment by moment decision that requires ongoing prayer and time with God. We cannot only occasionally meet up with God and still expect to trust him without fail. And even when we are close, we can still waiver in our faith when our fear extends beyond ourselves and to our family and our friends.
In the times of great testing, we will make our own plans…it is inevitable. We, can however stop and seek God’s direction, reenlist his leadership and walk humbly with him anyway. God cannot make himself more apparent to us–He is Lord! It remains our choice to continue to trust him, moment by moment! Even if we slide away for a moment, we can look at the pillars of faith in our lives and start again–God does not mind, he is already set to start again.
God Bless You
Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2 When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.[b]
3 Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. 4 He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now. 5 I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.’”
6 When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”
7 In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups,[c] and the flocks and herds and camels as well. 8 He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group,[d] the group[e] that is left may escape.”