Genesis 33: 4-7: An unexpected turn of events.

“4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked. Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.” Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down.Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.” NIV

 

This reminds me of the story in Acts 12, where the church was praying earnestly for Peter to get out of prison, but could hardly believe it when he did! Jacob had prayed desperately to be saved from the hand of his brother (32:11), but it appears he didn’t have too much faith. There is something quite human and touching about these honest accounts, both in Genesis and Acts.  But we must believe prayer did make a difference, and it should encourage us as we ask for mountains to be moved today. God still changes the hearts of people. I need to be reminded of this fact just now, do you?

‘Many things, like this meeting with Esau, are worse in anticipation than in actuality…The holy transactions of the previous night had induced this change in the atmosphere…We must win power with God, by yielding to him, before we can have power with our Esaus and prevail.’ F.B. Meyer: ‘Devotional Commentary’, p.27.