Resting in God

In Genesis 32 and 33 Jacob freaks out about having to see his brother Esau, the one Jacob stole the birthright from. So he arranges tons of flocks of animals (donkeys, oxen, cattle, goats) and makes up this elaborate plan to have three separate droves of these animals with servants accompanying these animals that would say to Esau, "your servant Jacob's; it is a present sent to my lord Esau; and now he also is behind us."

All this work, anxiety, worrying, thinking, planning, arranging and what happens? 33:4 says, "Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept". Esau didn't even want any of Jacob's silly animals!

The footnote for that verse says:
"All Jacob's fears were products of his own worrying, and all he had done in exercising his natural skill and ability to save himself was in vain. God had protected Jacob from Laban by appearing to Laban in a dream (32:24), and He had aroused Esau's brotherly love toward Jacob. These were God's marvelous acts to care for His chosen one [that's us! We are His chosen ones! Eph. 1:4, "Even as He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world..."]. Thus, Jacob, who had God's promises [we have God's promises! Hebrews 13:20 and 8:6,10] and was on the way to reach God's goal [we are on our way to God's goal, becoming the New Jerusalem!! 2 Cor. 3:18 + Revelation 12:11], did not need to fear what was behind him or what was ahead of him. Instead of trusting in his own striving, he should have rested in God and in His all-sufficient care."

Don't waste your precious time and life by having any anxiety in yesterday (Laban) or tomorrow (Esau)! Let's rest in God right now. Praise Him! We have no need to fear!!

Casting all your anxiety on Him because it matters to Him concerning you. 1 Peter 5:7

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