After Jacob met God face to face, he could face his worst fear.
For 20 years he had been living as a fugitive from his brother Esau whom he had cheated out of what was most precious to him. And now Jacob’s welcome with his father-in-law Laban was wearing out. What drama! Now let’s see how God turns this messy plot into His master plan:
–God tells Jacob to pack up and go home (31:3).
–God warns Laban not to harm Jacob (31:29).
–God sends “some angels” to meet Jacob as he travels on the next day (32:1). Wow, what was that about? We aren’t told that they said or did anything.
–When Jacob hears that Esau is coming to meet him with 400 men, Jacob tells God how terrified he is, reminds God of His promises, and begs for protection.
–God comes to Jacob as an adversary (as if he needed another one!)—a “man” who wrestled with him—and then blessed him (Genesis 32:24-31)!
The next morning, those worst fears evaporated as God changed the heart of Esau and the two brothers were reunited in a tearful embrace.
What does this say to me about facing my fears?