Thursday, September 9, 2010
"Save me, I pray, from ...,
for I am afraid ....
But you have said..."
(Genesis 32:11-12, NIV)
Adrenaline was running through his veins as he progressed toward his disenfranchised brother, Esau, and his four hundred men. While he prepared to make a quick exit if needed, Jacob called out to God.
His fear and distress were palpable. He divided his sheep, servants and family into two groups so at least one could escape if they were attacked.
And he cried out to God to save them.
He admitted that he was afraid Esau would come and attack him, his wives and children. He wasn't hiding that. How could he? So many lives were at stake as he faced eating the fruit of his old deception.
So in the face of possible death, Jacob reminded God of His promise. "But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted" (Genesis 32:12).
Later that night Jacob wrestled with the Angel of God by the Jabbock River. He had to acknowledge his strength was no match for God's, and after he did, he walked toward Esau with confidence, despite a new limp.
"I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared." (Genesis 32:30)
Jacob's fear of losing his life at Esau's hand brought him to a different type of power encounter. There he regained his life.
For Your Consideration:
I invite you to meditate on the components of Jacob's prayer and make them your own.
1. "Save me."
In what arena of your life do you need God's intervention?
2. "For I am afraid."
Can you name an emotion that might be fuelling your desperation? And will you name the source of that emotion, laying it out before God? (Compare 2 Kings 19:14-19).
3. "But you have said."
As you recall scriptures the Spirit of God has impressed upon you, which promise can impact your situation in life changing ways?
Artwork by Ira Thomas, http://www.catholicworldart.com/Jacob.html