“’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.’” Genesis 33:10.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Genesis 31-33, and Luke 13.
You do something wrong to someone and you know it’s wrong. You know that they are going to be ripped about what was done. So what do you do? You avoid that at all costs.
That’s “our” Jacob!
Jacob had schemed his way past his older brother and into a blessing from his father Isaac…..then he ran for his life.
Easy reaction but now Jacob is on his way to a face-to-face with his surely aggravated brother Esau.
No imagination is required about the impending doom that Jacob faces when it is learned that Esau is on his way with 400 men!
BUT GOD. Jacob has been told by God to return home and Jacob is obedient.
Jacob certainly feared what Esau might (rightly?) do to him but God’s direction was certainly in play for him.
And then everything ended amazingly well! The expected-to-be irate brother reunites with Jacob. Remarkable, to say the least.
Note Jacob’s reaction: “For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.”
Jacob was not describing Esau’s appearance. He, instead, was realizing that only God could have engineered the ending he was experiencing.
God is unlimited. Think, for a moment, of things that we have placed BEYOND God. We consciously, or unconsciously, see a situation being bigger than God could handle. Foolish us!
The Bible is filled with evidence of our amazing God in action. He is not done with us yet. We need to commit our lives to Him, do what He wants, and then join the hosts “seeing His face” in our midst.
“Lord, You are remarkable. Thank You for the Jacob/Esau story. More evidence of what You can do. Forgive me for limiting You. For leaving You out of situations. I want You in charge of everything I do this day. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”
Is there anything in our lives that we have unconsciously designated as being beyond God’s pay grade?