“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise” ( Psalm 41:4).
Rebbecca, the young girl who committed to marry a stranger on first sight, would go on to birth with her beu, Isaac, twins. They named them Esau and Jacob. Mothers are generally impartial in serenading equal love to their birth children, but a strange thing happened. The ageing Isaac called his first born, Esau, and said, “Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die” ( Genesis 27:4). Rebbecca overheard and quite sneakily advised the younger Jacob to prepare a dish ahead of Esau and go for his blessing.
By the time Esau got to Isaac the deed was already done, and Jacob was away with his blessing. Esau swelled with fury. “Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob ? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” ( vv 36). He swore enemity. “Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob” ( vv 41).
Rebbecca of course realised the mess she had created. So, she advised her favourite son to escape among her relatives. “Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?” ( vv 43-44)
Rebecca’s foresight would pay off. After nearly two decades away Jacob returned home. But he was scared to meet Esau. He sent men ahead of him to soothe Esau with gifts. But when the twins finally caught up all the anger had melted away with passage of years. “But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept” ( Gen 33:4).
What do we see here? Some conflicts can only be solved with time. Rebbecca was a wise mother to advise Jacob to stay clear of the wounded Esau for a time. Just as here, there could be a conflict situation you too are facing that only time will solve. Give it to God and pray, rather than take matters in your hand, and let His will prevail.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, in life there are those conflict situations which only you can solve through time and this is why I surrender any such situation to you for your deliverance, and this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!