Blogging thru the Bible/Our Worst Fears

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Genesis 32:12  “Please rescue me from my brother, Esav!  I’m afraid of him, afraid he’ll come and attack me without regard for mothers or children.”

After 20 years of self-imposed exile, Jacob returns to his homeland, fearing that his brother, Esau will make good on his long ago vow to kill him.  He had good reason to be fearful.  So he pleads with God to rescue him.  And of course, God has everything under control. Not only has Esau given up his plans for killing Jacob, he is actually glad to see him.  We see this as just another in a long list of God’s provisions for Jacob.

If you’ve ever had a family member estranged from you, it can be very disheartening, even depressing.  Hopefully, none have vowed to kill you.  Many times, there is nothing we can do to change the situation, and our worst fear is that it will never change.  But we know the One who can. Even the impossible situations and relationships can be healed when God intervenes.  I have seen it happen.  Jacob’s story reminds me not to give up, but to keep asking for His mercy, and turn over my worst fears to a loving Father.

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