Genesis 32:9–12 (ESV)
Jacob Fears Esau
Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ 10 I am not worthy of the
least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. 11 Please deliver me from
the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. 12 But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the
sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’ ”
I know that there has been a time in our lives when we have feared for our lives.
Whether in war, battle, hospital, storm, accident, near miss, robbery, or whatever… that we have quickly turned to the Lord as our hope and our stronghold. Sometimes it is like a “Hail Mary” pass in football… a last ditch effort
to win a game, but a play that seldom works. A call of desperation. Jacob is calling out to the Lord is desperation. He admits that he is not worthy, a confession of repentance. Not only is he worried about his own life, but now for his family.
He has divided them up to try and eliminate some of the losses. And Jacob even reminds God of what he has said: “I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.” We
have been in his shoes in one way or the other.
I pray: O Lord, you are my Rock and my Fortress.
Be near me in times of trouble. I repent that I am not worthy, but call out to your grace and mercy. I thank you for your protection and guidance… and that I am still here today. Help me to proclaim your name to the world. Amen.