That Was Then, This Is Now


Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept.

–Genesis 33:4 NLT

The story of Esau and Jacob is told in Genesis 25–36, where the brothers started off on the wrong foot from birth. Growing up, Jacob convinced Esau to hand over his birthright as the oldest son. Later Jacob, by trickery, received his father’s blessing that was supposed to be Esau’s.

Hot-tempered Esau wanted to kill Jacob for what he did. Thus, Jacob left home to live elsewhere. They both played a part in the division that came between them. Twenty years later God instructed Jacob to return home. During the journey, Jacob became terrified that Esau might attack him; he feared seeing Esau because of his brother’s former attitude toward him. However, after witnessing Esau’s transformation, the brothers were reunited joyfully.

Like Jacob, could you be holding a wrong belief against someone who was involved in your life, but for whatever reason, now is not in your life? Have you been apprehensive in reconnecting with the person because of how you were treated? Or perhaps you’re like Esau and God has done a good work within you, and now you’d like to reveal that change of character to those who once witnessed you differently. In either case, don’t allow a previous belief toward someone keep you from a possible joyful reunion.

Prayer Focus

  • Ask God to reveal to you if there is someone He would have you reach out to and reconnect with.
  • If you are holding a grudge against someone, pray that the Holy Spirit would soften your heart.
Barbara Alpert

Barbara Alpert

Barbara’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 118:17. This particular life verse inspired & empowered her to write about her journey with God in hopes of helping others. Her favorite pastime is walking on the beach with her husband, Dave.
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