When Past Meets Present

21 Feb

Genesis 33:4  Joseph led the way and, as he approached his brother, bowed several times, honoring his brother.  But Esau ran up and embraced him, held him tight and kissed him.  And they both wept.

Lessons for Living Today:

We all love a happy ending. V & E young and old Jacob knew he had done wrong to his brother those many years ago and feared meeting him face to face.  The stress of worry had taken its toll on Jacob and his family.  I admire him that he was willing to go back to the past in order to make things right—come what may.  Jacob found that his many years of fear were unfounded when his brother ran up to him, embraced him, held him tight and kissed him.  Jacob said to Esau, “When I saw your face, it was as the face of God smiling at me.”

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday, and it didn’t happen.  God’s Word tells us to not worry about tomorrow.  As my cousin once said, in jest, “I’ve worried all my life and nothing has happened, so I’m not about to quit worrying for fear something might happen.” Look back at our lives and all the times we have worried ourselves sick over something.  Seldom did any of our worries come to fruition.  And even if they did—God will be with us through it all.  So really, we have nothing to worry about.

Reconciliation is one of the healthiest things we can do for our hearts. Churning with worry over what happened in the past and how it affects the present damages the heart.  And when we damage our hearts we cut our lives short.  Instead, remember that a cause to worry is a call to prayer.  Instead of visualizing the worst that can happen, why not visualize the best and give our hearts a break. Let’s look our worries in the face and we too will find that often we see the face of God smiling back at us.

God’s Question: Why worry, when you can pray?

God’s Promise: You can trust Me to handle your worries.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for being our hiding place from worries.

I am sorry I have wasted too much time worrying.

Thank You for Your Word that promises us peace.

Help me turn all my worries into prayer.


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