Meditation

10/20/2020

Then Jacob prayed, O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O Lord, who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have show your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups. Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. 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.(Genesis32:912)

The experience of Jacob and Esau provides an illustration of bitter conflict between brothers resolved in later years by the desire conflict between brothers resolved in later years by the desire of both brothers to overcome the hostility. Family treachery can be overcome when the victim takes the initiative in offering forgiveness. Contemporary families may not use the same methods Jacob and Esau used to resolve conflicts. We can and must demonstrate the same willingness to overcome family hostilities through forgiveness and reconciliation.

Jacob had worked long and hard for what he had, but he recognized the very ability to work was itself a gift from God’s grace. Jacob confessed he had nothing he could call his own, for everything he had in life was a precious gift from Almighty God. Instead of bragging about personal accomplishments, faithful Christians seek to praise and thank God for His abounding grace in giving us all that we have.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, this story of conflict between two brothers might have ended up much differently, had not Jacob’s realization that though he had accumulated much, but that it all came to him as a gift out of God’s grace. This led to forgiveness and reconciliation between the brothers, and a renewal of the family relationship and a restoration of their relationship with God. Let this story touch our hearts and minds, to eliminate any stumbling blocks in our own family relationships, and to realize reconciliation can take place. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

One can know the Word of God and yet not know the God of the Word.

KNOWING GOD:

Before they call I will answer; while hey are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like he ox, but dust will be the serpent’s food. ‘They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,’ says the Lord.’” (Isaiah65:24-25)

Prayer will be an integral part of God’s new creation. The faithful God will respond instantly to His people’s call. The hope of new heavens and a new earth is the ultimate hope of the people of God and the final goal toward which redemptive history is moving. Even natural enemies in the animal world will eat together instead of eating one another. God expects His people to pray for this day to come.

I AM:

In the whole land, declares the Lord, ‘two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,, and they will day, ‘The Lord is our God.’” (Zechariah13:8-9)

The great struggle throughout the Old Testament was establishing a people who truly believed in and relied on one God. God’s people face trials and testing. They respond by calling on God for help. God answers the faithful people with the covenant formula. He assures His tested and refined people that He still claims them as His own. They respond by committing themselves to Him as their God.

It is the refined who demonstrate a genuine relationship with God. In that state, they will call on Him and own Hi as their God. That call is assured an answered. Unanswered prayer may indicate we are unfaithful and need disciple and refining. God is always faithful and He wants us to be so with Him.

Second Thought of the Day:

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may escape the corruption in the world in the world caused by evil desires.” (2nd Peter 1:4)

The evil in the world makes it difficult for us to cope in daily living. To remedy this deficiency, God introduced a new element into His world. He puts a divine nature within us through a new creation. In this way, we have strength to resist the evil and serve Him in the Spirit. The Spirit’s work is to create us anew so we will not give in to evil desires.

Beloved, God’s promises are vial to a praying Christian. The character of God is utterly reliable. It is also essential to the building up the character of God’s people. Our relationship with God is built upon prayer and faithfulness.

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