Jacob’s life – Day 18
Hello everyone, it’s a pleasure to be here with you.
You can’t even imagine how much “giving” does me good. Just like it has benefited all of you, it has done me so good to talk about Jacob’s life. The reason is because both you and I are souls and therefore we’re on this journey together.
“Now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and there, Esau was coming, and with him were four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two maidservants. And he put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children behind, and Rachel and Joseph last. Then he crossed over before them and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.” (Gn. 33: 1-3)
Jacob had already wrestled with God, who had changed his name to Israel. But now, he had to face the bigger problem…
Even if I have fought a battle with God it doesn’t mean I don’t have to fight against whatever I still consider to be a “giant” in my life.
When he went out to meet his brother he took his whole family and all of his belongings. He could’ve left everything and everyone in a safe place where no one could find them, but he risked everything he had.
Jacob faced his “giant” when he saw Esau approaching him with four hundred men, much more than what he had.
“… And he put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children behind, and Rachel and Joseph last…”
In the front row he put the maidservants and their children, then Leah and her children and lastly, Rachel and Joseph. His wife who was sterile and only after many years gave birth to Joseph his beloved son were more important to him, so therefore, he put them at the end.
His greatest sacrifice was what he loved the most. This is important!
Whatever you love the most is your greatest sacrifice!
You value, for example, your mother because she lived with you through difficult times, she “suffered” in your favor. Or you might value a true friendship, in which both have sacrificed in order to have this relationship.
When two people give themselves not only for a friendship, but also sacrifice in favor of that relationship then that’s true love.
” Then he crossed over before them and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.”
Who was willing? Who had fought with God?
Those who fight with God, because they believe in their sacrifice move forward. He or she doesn’t expect God to take action in their behalf, but is willing to resolve any pending issues from the past anything that was still left behind.
Jacob had problems with his brother, but look what happens in the life of those who sacrifice to God! They become “beautiful” naturally. He bowed down not before the problem, but humbly faced what he once feared! Fear was replaced with courage even if his life was in the line.
See you tomorrow!