Genesis 33: …like seeing the face of God

‘When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.’ – Proverbs 16:7

Jacob found power through the Lord in Genesis 32. Only with the Lord’s help was Esau’s heart softened, and the brothers were able to make peace.

By Jacob lifting up his eyes, instead of shifting them downwards, he exhibited a sense of hope and confidence gathered from the Lord while his brother walked towards him. Jacob realized that no matter what, the Lord would continue to take care of him and his family as promised. Life is full of issues, altercations, and unexpected setbacks. We should lift our eyes up in confidence and cheer, trusting in God’s limitless power.

‘She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.’ – 1 Samuel 1:18

When preparing to confront his brother, Jacob put his family in the “best order.” His descendants were protected by servants. Note here that Rachel and Joseph are last, as God would use that family line in preparation for His own Son, Jesus Christ. Still not knowing what to expect, Jacob remains a servant, bowing to his older brother in meeting. This act is one of the hardest things to do, at least for me. Remaining respectful to everyone as if that respect had never been broken. Not harping on the past, but moving forward. It’s where the “What would Jesus do?” bracelets really come in handy. Or the concept of fighting fire with fire gets no where. Fight wrath and troubles with humility.

Both of the brothers wept. Perhaps Jacob wept with joy and relief, while Esau cried of shame and gratitude, finding himself unable to wrathfully treat his humble brother in the Lord as an enemy any longer. Then we have the beautiful depiction of Esau meeting Jacob’s family. Jacob gives all glory to the Lord, as children are a blessing and gift from God.

‘Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.’ – Psalm 128:3

Here’s my favorite part. We truly witness Esau’s change in heart. The battle for their father’s blessing and birthright started this mess, but Esau has found satisfaction in the Lord. He could’ve immediately taken it all, still believing it was his as the older brother. Esau’s words bring chills, I have enough (v. 9). When was the last time we said those three simple words? We are surrounded by a world full of consumerism and the next best thing. Sometimes living pay check to pay check, nothing on this Earth ever seems to be enough. But no matter the hardship, God is always enough.

‘But godliness with contentment is great gain.’ – 1 Timothy 6:6

‘But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.’ – Deuteronomy 8:18

Then we read another amazing line, this time from Jacob. For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me (v. 10). Jacob saw God receiving his prayers in Esau’s acceptance. God’s grace can overcome any obstacle, even two brothers who united after many years, who previously lived in constant competition, one eventually robbing the other and the other wanting his life. Makes those battles on the road and tiffs with a significant other pretty ridiculous doesn’t it?

Let God’s glory shine through you in everything you do. In your respect, humility, compassion, and even hard work.

‘In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ – Matthew 5:16

We must lift up our eyes and focus on what God has in store. Eternity is waiting.  

 

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