Running From the Past

19 Feb

Genesis 32:20 (Jacob said) I will soften him up with the succession of gifts.  Then when he sees me face to face, maybe he’ll be glad to welcome me.

Lessons for Living Today:

Running from our past is exhausting.  pastThere comes a time when we have to stop running, turn and meet it head on.  In this chapter Jacob was going back home; the home he had fled for his life many years earlier. He had cheated his older brother (twin) out of his father’s blessing and was now returning to face the music.  He used the “send your gifts ahead” scheme to try to soften up his brother.  He sent servants each when a different herd of animals as gifts.  He put a space between them so they would arrive at different times—hoping to overwhelm Esau with his generosity.

The hardest part was the waiting.  It was a sleepless night of wrestling for Jacob.  Most of us know what that is like.  We play over and over in our head what we did or said that we wish we wouldn’t have done or said.  We wish we could take it back and start all over but life only plays in forward motion.  Therefore, we best take careful thought to our daily words and deeds, since we only get one chance at the here and now.  Regret is a terrible bedfellow.

How can one avoid regrets?  When “everyone does what is right in his own eyes” then bedlam reigns.  Jacob’s selfishness caused his problem in the first place.  It seemed like such a clever idea at the time.  We’ve all been there—done that.  Left unchecked, our selfishness will win over our good sense every time.  Thank God there is help available!  His love letter, the Bible, is master at helping us not have to run from our past.  But when we already have, His best advice is; turn around and face the music—but you might just send a few gifts on ahead.

God’s Question: Will you let Me help you face the music?

God’s Promise: As you turn to Me I turn to you.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for Your wonderful Word that blesses us.

I am sorry I have ignored Your teaching far too often.

Thank You for Your forgiving heart.

Help me reach out to all others with forgiveness.

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