The very thing that God had promised was now under threat.
After many years away from his family, Jacob was finally returning to his homeland. But there was one thing that could destroy everything he had accomplished while he was gone.
His older brother, Esau was waiting for him. Jacob had stolen his inheritance and now he was unsure of how he would respond to his return. So he sent a delegation ahead of him to make peace, but instead of hearing a good report the news came back that Esau and an army of 400 armed men were on their way to meet him!
Jacob flipped. Everything he had worked so hard for was under threat. In his desperation he cried out to God:
“O Lord, please rescue me from the hand of my brother, Esau. I am afraid that he is coming to attack me, along with my wives and children” – Genesis 32:11 (NLT)
But Jacob didn’t only cry out for help, but declared the truth of God’s promise. Even as the promise was under threat, Jacob proclaimed his trust that God would come through and remain faithful to His word:
“But you promised me, ‘I will surely treat you kindly, and I will multiply your descendants until they become as numerous as the sands along the seashore – too many to count” (32:12)
It wasn’t Jacob’s begging that moved the hand of God, but his faith in the goodness of God to follow through on what He had promised that made the difference. In the end, God not only rescued and delivered his family from annihilation, but restored the broken relationship between him and his brother:
‘As he approached his brother, he bowed to the ground seven times before him. Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept’ (33:3-4)
Whatever threatening situation you find yourself in, rather than begging God for help, recount and declare the promises that have been revealed in the Word and spoken to your Spirit. It’s your faith that causes God’s hand to move the mountains, break the chains and shield you from the devourer. You only need a small amount to release a great amount of power!
Don’t get side tracked by the threat, but hold onto the promise!