Although a thick blanket of fog may envelope our circumstances, God is dealing bountifully with us. We don’t always understand why or how long but His desire is to draw us near to Him. When Jacob ran from Laban, he had two warriors after him- Laban who did not like being deceived and Esau who remembered that his brother stole from him. In the midst of dire circumstances, Jacob built an altar (see Gen 31:52). God had a plan for Jacob to be changed, to become a man after his own heart- to have a total character change. His new name representing this change was…Israel!! His kindness leads us to repentance. -Teresa
Genesis 32: 9-12 (ESV)
9 ‘And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. 11 Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. 12 But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’”
Psalm 13:5,6 (ESV) …of David
5 “But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.”