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Reconciliation
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Friday, Aug 28, 2020

 

Two brothers – JACOB AND ESAU

Genesis 33:1”Then Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids.”

Friend, how you react to situations in life depends on how much of God you have in your life, are you listening? You need enough of God to handle the tough and rough patches of your life!  Jesus said, ‘You can do nothing without me.” (John 15:5) It is through His grace that we are able to forgive, forget and move on, no matter how deep the bruises or wounds may be, God expects us to forgive 70 times seven. (Mathew 18:22) I am not going to give you a tedious Bible study on Genesis, but would like to draw your attention to important aspects in this particular chapter.  Brothers and sisters in a family have blood relationship, they are meant for each other and to stay together in all seasons of life.  Misunderstandings, fights do erupt; however, we got to see that it doesn’t become serious. 

I met a particular family for prayer, this lady seemed to be very religious and interested in prayer but she said something that shattered her image, she said that her brother lived just above on the first floor but it has been years since they talked to each other, that included their mother who stayed with her.  Lot of prayer but NO GOD in them! If your relationship with your siblings has been severed, let this sermon propel you to set it right, they may not appreciate your efforts but remember God will never forget the good deeds you do in His name.  Amen.

In the above scripture, we read about Jacob and Esau who were twin brothers born to Isaac and Rebekah. The Bible tells us that they struggled together in Rebekah’s womb, a forewarning of their troubled relationship. Esau was born first and thereby became legal heir to the family birthright; however, we read in the Bible that Jacob cunningly takes it away from his elder brother.  We see both these men have committed some serious mistakes in their life; nevertheless, what makes Jacob stand out is that he surrendered to God.  The Jacob that we see in chapter 33 is not the same that we see in earlier chapters where he operates in flesh.  Esau comes with a great army of 400 men but Jacob’s army were his wives, maids and kids.  Look at the difference!  Jacob’s trust is in His God! Jacob bowed down to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother, this shows his humility and reverence for his brother even though he was scared of him.

Friend, life is not about solid bank balance, own house, car, lavish vacations, branded clothes, reputed university education for your children; more than all this, we need the family to be godly and rooted in Christ. 

When Esau looked at his big family and asked Jacob, ‘who are they’, Jacob replied: "The children whom God has graciously given your servant."

 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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