Today’s thought “Unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness” (January 19)

Today’s thought

“Unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness”

(January 18)

Genesis 32, Psalm 36, Matthew 21

10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness You have shown Your servant. Indeed, I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two camps.{Genesis 32:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)}

Today we encounter for the first time what we could call “a prayer to God“.

Jacob continued his journey back to the land of promise, having spent 20 years in Syria whilst God purged the “deceitful Syrian” out of his character. Though Jacob had long been in the “Truth” [he is here at least 77] only now is he in the process of being “converted.” “His way  is now becoming the way of God, and so it is no wonder that the angels of God now meet him – whether in person or in vision, we do not know (Genesis 32:1). The angels met him to bid him welcome to Canaan again, having attended to him 20 years previous on the way to Syria (Psalms 34:7).

The last time Jacob saw Esau he was ready to kill him, because he had stolen the family blessing. (Genesis 25:29-27:42). Esau had sworn to kill Jacob as soon as his father would have died. (Genesis 27:41). Jacob knew what he had done wrong and was aware that he was less than nothing in comparison with all God His mercies and God His faith to him who offered himself as a servant for God. God did not forsake His lovingkindness and was willing to lead this sinner too in the way he had to walk.

Like Abraham had taken it upon him to talk to Jehovah God and recognising that he was but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27) and like Isaiah he could perhaps say

Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips (Isaiah 6:5)

How do you feel? How can you present yourself to God?

Are you willing to make mention of the lovingkindnesses of Jehovah, and the praises of Jehovah, according to all that Jehovah has bestowed on you? Are you seeing what the Divine Creator has done for you in your life?

It is not because we would have done certain things wrong that God would abandon us. He is willing to be with us when we are willing to be with Him.

Jacob saw the difficulty with the conflict with his brother and was terrified. Though he called himself to order and decided to pray to God, as His best source of help.

Jacob brings a short, earnest appeal to the Most High God, as standing in a covenant relation to his family, just as we ought to put our hopes of acceptance with God in Christ. It pleads the special promise made to him of a safe return; and after a most humble and affecting confession of unworthiness, it breathes an earnest desire for deliverance from the impending danger. It was the prayer of a kind husband, an affectionate father, a firm believer in the promises made to the Fathers.

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When we do have to face a conflict, we can either run away from it or trust God and ask Him for help. What would you do?

Are you wrestling with yourself all the time or are you wrestling with The One Who provides you with life and blessings but you staying blind for it, because you are making such a clouds of dust by your continuous battles?

Don’t raise clouds of dust by your struggles but come to trust God and share your thoughts with Him. Learn from the Biblical characters how they managed to cope with their difficulties and try to follow in the footsteps of the right people, with Jesus as the leader and the way to God. Jesus too had a struggle with himself and with the difficult circumstances he had to face. Imagine that, you having to become imprisoned and to be brought to death.

In the midst of his wrestling Jesus also appealed to his heavenly Father. Jesus though had always put his own will aside and had nothing done wrong, but he too had a battle. We can imagine that Jesus would have loved to see an other way. He asked for the cup to be passed from him. In that “hour of death” Jesus confesses that he desires the Father’s will to be done instead of his own, knowing that he could do nothing without God and that if he remained in the will of God he would be blessed, just as Jacob had been as he struggled, on a night much like the one Jesus was weeping through.

We are far away from being as good as several Biblical figures, but we may know that we should not be ashamed or afraid to come in front of God and speak to Him personally. Christ Jesus paved the way so that we can go straight to our heavenly Father. And if you are still too afraid to that, know that you always can count on the mediator between God and man, namely Christ Jesus, the only begotten beloved son of God.

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Today’s thought “Forgive … from your heart” (January 16)

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