Esau continues his gesture of forgiveness and reconciliation towards Jacob by asking him to come and settle at Seir with him. He even offers protection for Jacob who makes an excuse about not being able to travel together. Jacob’s trust of Esau is tested – and he seems to have deceived Esau again with deception as his fallback position.
This is the man whom God has chosen to carry on the line of blessing from Abraham, to be a foundation of his chosen people, Israel. It’s surprising but powerfully shows that God will overcome our failings. Jacob loved God and passionately desired his blessing, and recognised in the depth of his soul that the blessings he enjoyed were from God – v 5, 11 and 20.
I notice that God didn’t wait until Jacob was perfect to choose him and work his plans through him. He knew Jacob’s heart and was transforming him through humility. He didn’t wait till I was perfect before choosing me to be his child. He works out his plans through me as he is transforming me in his image. I ask myself – is my heart yearning for more of his blessing? Is my heart open to the transformation only his love can bring?
Dear God, work your transformation in my life today by your Holy Spirit. Amen
Written by Claire Moore