Is there a fear staring you in the face right now? Are you finding your faith in God's promise shaking? If so, you are likely praying desperately for God to be with you. God will answer you. But you might, like Jacob in Genesis 32, be surprised by his answer.
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Jacob leaned on his staff, staring at the stars. He was looking for hope. "Number the stars, if you are able to number them. So shall your offspring be" (Genesis 15:5). Yahweh had promised this to Father Abraham.
Jacob's body was tired, but his mind was restless. Daylight was approaching and Esau with it.
He wrapped himself tighter in his cloak and squatted down. He was cold and the fire had cooled to glowing coals. He stared at the ground. "Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth" (Genesis 28:14). Yahweh had promised this to him two decades ago when all he carried to Haran was this staff.
Now he was returning home with eleven sons and a daughter. A God-blessed abundance of offspring, even if not yet the dust of the earth.
But Esau was coming. And four hundred men with him. Hadn't the fire of revenge cooled after twenty years? Four hundred! More than enough to turn his beloved children into the dust of the earth.
He prayed desperately." O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, deliver me from Esau! You commanded me, 'return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred.' And you promised, 'I will be with you' (Genesis 31:3). Yahweh! Four hundred men will wipe us out! Please! I need you with me!"
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