(Genesis 31:3) And the Lord said unto Jacob, return into the land of your fathers, and to your kindred, and I will be with you. If you know the story of Esau and Jacob you will understand the fear Jacob had when God told him to return unto his father’s house. Jacob may have doubted God, but he was obedient nonetheless.
There are times when God will ask us to do things that are for our good that we do not understand. In these times it pays to be obedient and lean not to our own understanding. Surely God has a plan that will bless us, to bring us to a place of peace or elevation. God will not always reveal the script of his plans for us and if he doesn’t we know he is building our faith.
I cannot imagine how Jacob must have felt when God told him to return to the house of his father knowing that he had stolen his brother Esau’s birthright, who had threaten to kill him because of it. Jacob was afraid, so afraid that he prayed and sought the Lord to remind him of his promise to him.
As I read the passage I hear the question of God are you sure? Nevertheless in all of his fear he was obedient to the voice of God. As we walk with God our faith will encounter some of the same obstacles. There are times when God will ask us to do things and we may be stagnant because it’s not comfortable, but in it lies our growth, or blessing.
Be like Jacob…..pray and ask God for grace to help you do what he is asking of you. Ask him to apply mercy as you seek to do his will along the way. If you read the story of Jacobs return you will find that God had already taken away Esau’s anger, “and Esau ran to meet him, and embrace him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him and they wept.” Genesis 33:3.
Therefore, if God is asking something of you he has already worked in your favor even though you may not see the finished script, be willing to follow through. Do not let fear keep you from following the path that God has set before you. Make yourself available to it. Amen! (Isaiah 41:10)
GOD BLESS 🙂
(c) V. Paschal 2017