SUMMARY: Jacob flees
OVERVIEW: God tells Jacob to take his family and flocks and leave. Jacob knows it will be challenging to go, but he follows God’s instructions.
BIG IDEA: Follow God’s leadership.
KEY VERSE: Genesis 31:29 (Laban speaking to Jacob, recognizing God’s care for Jacob)
I could destroy you, but the God of your father appeared to me last night and warned me, “Leave Jacob alone!”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Regardless of what you do or where you go, I will be with you. If I am directing you into a difficult setting or land, you will be safe. The most secure place to be is where I lead. Don’t worry if chaos surrounds you. Don’t fret if others are anxious. I am at work where you are and where you are going, so be ready to serve those you meet. They will need to learn of my love, or you can teach them that it never changes.
I will provide for you, even when I discipline you for your actions. Your consequences don’t define you. I do. Seek me and enjoy the blessing of your renewed obedience, including healthy relationships yet to be formed. Keep a clear conscience, focusing on what I am doing and where I’m leading. Don’t be overcome by your past. Look to the future and all I will do in you and through you.
Seek to build a bridge with anyone with whom you disagree. Find two or more things you agree on and start there. If the person is not interested, peacefully walk away, but continue to pray for healing in the relationship.