Beyond the Weekend

April 30 | Three Encounters

April 30, 2018


Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” Genesis 31:3

Read: Genesis 31:3

Listen: Genesis 31:3


Jacob stole his brother’s blessing and was cheated by his uncle. Now he finds himself in a space between two family conflicts. If he returns home, he has to deal with his brother. If he stays, he has to deal with his uncle. These family conflicts bring Jacob face-to-face with who he is and whether he trusts God. Through three encounters with Laban, God and Esau—Jacob’s trust in God begins to grow.

Jacob found himself in the midst of family conflict and we will too. Some of it he caused himself, and some of it was thrust upon him. In the midst of the conflict, Jacob trusts God more—and we can learn to trust God more as well. We can reach a point where we give it over to God and ask him to help us trust him.


Say a prayer of trust. Give the difficult situations in your life to God, whether they are situations of family conflict, something at work or health issues. Pray a prayer like this: “God, this situation isn’t the way I want it to be. I do want you to fix it. At the same time, as long as I am in this situation, help me to trust you and grow even as I go through it. Thank you that you are good and I can trust you.”

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