Genesis 31,32, and 33

In the following article you will find a brief commentary on Genesis 31, 32, and 33 that goes along with our Riverside Church Two Year Bible Reading Plan (Volume 1 & Volume 2).  This plan will allow you to read the New Testament and Psalms once every year and the Old Testament once every two years.

Genesis 31, 32 and 33

The Heel Grabber

These chapters are full of drama as Jacob faces enormous challenges.  Laban, his angry father-in-law, pursues while Esau, his estranged twin brother, awaits.  He cannot stay, but he cannot go.  He is hemmed in.  In the middle, while trapped, God meets him and his life is changed.  He fears Laban and especially Esau, but in reality his greatest need is with God.

Can you imagine all that Jacob was feeling in these moments?  He must have been desperate for God.  Will you pray this day as he might have prayed, turning all over to God and seeking Him as the answer to everything?

Dear Lord, I am much like Jacob: full of striving, grasping and scheming, forever trying to get ahead when in the end You are all that I need.  I trust You in this moment with all that is behind me and with all that is before me.  Help me Father to lay hold of you as Jacob did in prayer.  Cleanse me; renew my heart; bless me!

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