Genesis 33:3-4 He himself [Jacob] went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother. But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.
The unknown can be scary. Waiting for test results, an upcoming job interview, an impending difficult conversation… a reunion with a potentially angry relative who is angry because you stole everything that was important to him. Yes, Jacob had cause to be scared. He had stolen his brother’s birthright and his inheritance. He ran away from home before his brother could get his revenge. He was a sneaky little thief. He had it coming!
Now it was time to meet him after all these years. And he was terrified! The problem is, Jacob left God out of the situation completely. He didn’t ask the Lord for wisdom. He didn’t plead with God for favor from his brother. Rather, he sent lavish gifts and bowed seven times in hopes to be spared of revenge. However, he didn’t get the response he expected. He didn’t encounter a blood-thirsty brother. He wasn’t attacked or beaten or hanged. He was hugged. Didn’t see that one coming!
We do the same things as Jacob. We peer into the unknown and expect the worst. We give ourselves cause to fear when there is really nothing to fear in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, bad things happen… and to good people at that. But we serve a God who is bigger. He is a God who goes before us and restores the heart of Esau before we have our reunion. He goes before our test results and our job interviews. He gives us wisdom when we ask and favor when we don’t deserve it. That’s our God. He can handle fear. In fact, He not only handled it, He man-handled it.
*Jacob feared. You might too. Will you turn that fear over to God today and let Him handle it? Remember that He who is in you is greater!