Anglican Daily Fountain devotional Friday, February 11, 2022

Anglican Daily Fountain devotional Friday, February 11, 2022

The Daily Fountain Devotional Friday, February 11, 2022

The Daily Fountain Devotional Friday, February 11, 2022

The Daily Fountain Devotional Friday, February 11, 2022

Friday, February 11, 2022                                   


TEXT: Genesis 32:3-30


Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now. I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.’”

When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”

In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well. He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape.”

Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. 12 But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’”

13 He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau: 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. 16 He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, “Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds.”

17 He instructed the one in the lead: “When my brother Esau meets you and asks, ‘Who do you belong to, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?’ 18 then you are to say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.’”

19 He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: “You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him. 20 And be sure to say, ‘Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.’” For he thought, “I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me.” 21 So Jacob’s gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

The Daily Fountain Devotional Friday, February 11, 2022


Jacob in his journey home realized he has to cross paths with his brother, Esau. He must have felt very jittery when he was informed that Esau was coming with 400 men to meet him. He must have started recounting all his past dealings with his twin brother - how he obtained his birthright, how he took away his blessings all by craft. As a human being, he devised means to outwit Esau. He divided his flock in droves and placed them distances apart from each other with the thinking that if Esau attacked any, some would escape. At last, he realized the battle was bigger than he could handle and he had to turn to' God and wrestled all night with Him alone. God had to come to his rescue and change his name from Jacob (supplanter) to Israel (prevailer) (w. 22-28).

What are you covering up today? You have to realize that one day, they will stare you in the face and you may not be able to escape from the realities. You will have to face them alone. Your scheming may not rescue you unless you turn to God. Never allow your sin to find you out before you repent. Today is the acceptable time. Tomorrow may be too late (2 Cor. 6:2).

Prayer: Lord, may you rescue me today so that whatever I may be hiding today will not disgrace me tomorrow.

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