Well, the time had come. Jacob had to face the music–as he approached his old home, there marched Esau and his 400 fighting men…actually, at this point, the story becomes “dramatically” anti-climactic, Esau runs up, hugs Jacob and invites him home for dinner. Further, he only accepts the gift from his brother after Jacob insists several times. Finally, He allows Jacob to get settled in his time and way–no pressure, what so ever–pretty snoozy, story. God came before and prepared the way for ISRAEL’s return.
Now, Israel’s dread behind him, he could focus upon being where God wanted him to be and raising his family to honor God and become the nation of priests–for which they were called. In a nutshell, there was nothing in the Jacob’s life that could not be handled if properly left in God’s hands. Sound Familiar?
Jesus told the people sitting on the hillside, listening to the famous “Sermon on the mount”–“Seek first, the kingdom of God and his righteousness–and all these things will be added to you!” Matthew 6:33. In Jacob’s life and in ours, the same rule applies–we follow God, and God prepares, protects and provides. If we could somehow redirect the time, energy and effort we expend on worry and trying to control God’s plan; then, we would be charged and blessed as he executes flawlessly what he always had waiting for us. As God’s chosen, we are called to be different. We are urged simply to allow him to do what he does, and follow humbly and gratefully. If we can somehow manage that; then, as Paul so eloquently wrote, “My God is faithful to supply all your needs–according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus!” Philippians 4:19
God Bless You
Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. 2 He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. 5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked.
Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”
6 Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down. 7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.
8 Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”
“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.
9 But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”
10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. 11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.