February 20, 2014

genesis32-12

Genesis 32:3-21

Reconciliation can be a tricky business. Fear and pride often come into play, as it did with Jacob and his brother, Esau. Jacob had stolen his brother’s blessing and birthright. He knew this was between them. So, Jacob feared what his brother’s reaction might be when they met.

I remember having a similar situation with friends in Texas. When they learned that my wife and I were moving to North Carolina there was anger, and a tone of betrayal in their voices. After a time, when we were nearly 1,500 miles away, our daughter who stayed behind in Texas, needed help. Our friends helped her out. The event broke the ice that had formed between us. Our relationship was restored and we reconciled. Sometimes we let something come between us and our Heavenly Father. We can let anger, fear, or even feelings of betrayal damage our love-relationship with God. Often it takes something unexpected or unpleasant to help us come to our senses. God is a Father who wants to reconcile with His children. As Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome, “… [Nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, save me from separating myself from you. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley,
Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Faith, NC.

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