Friday, 12 February 2016
Someone commented that the biggest problem in life is broken relationships. Human relationships are on God’s “top ten” list (six of the Ten Commandments apply).
Is there any relationship that is beyond repair?
Dave and Jan Dravecky (D&JD): Jacob and Esau’s reconciliation provides two key insights into how God knits back together what has become unraveled. The first element is obedience. Only God knows when “the time is right” for reconciliation because only God knows the condition of the human heart. Jacob returned because God told him to.
The second element is prayer. Jacob knew he needed God’s help so he prayed with a fervent and humble heart. God honored Jacob’s obedience and prayer, and paved the way for a tearful, but joyful reconciliation. Unquote
Joni Eareckson Tada (JET): Jacob worried greatly about his reunion with Esau, but he did the right thing with those troubling thoughts. He poured them out before the Lord. He met his Lord face to face in an all-night prayer meeting and got up from his knees that morning with a new dependence on God. Unquote
During the period 1994 to 1998, I was greatly worried about many things. Worry led me into a state of distress and despair. Today, I may be concerned about some things but I do not worry any more. I know my God is watching over me (Psalm 121).
JET: God knows the devastating effects of worry on our lives. He knows how anxious thoughts can corrode our faith like acid. Worry robs us of joy; it steals our hope.
LYL: I looked into my Bible and was amazed. Psalm 120:1 – I call on the LORD in my distress … Psalm 121:1 – I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? Psalm 123:1 – I lift up my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven …
The psalmist knows who to turn to in his state of distress.
The psalmist did not forget that God is holy. As he cried out to the LORD for help, he also sought to have understanding of God’s Word.
Dear Father God, please give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know You better. May the eyes of our hearts be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which You have called us. May we continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, for it is You, Father God, who work in us to will and to act according to Your good purpose, amen.
We know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. And in Him and through faith in Him, we can approach You with freedom and confidence. We rejoice because You are always near. We are not anxious about anything. In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, we present our requests to You. Your peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, amen.
Lam Yee Ling