The time had arrived. Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming—along with four hundred men. Jacob then went ahead of his family and bowed seven times. Even though Esau had traded the birthright—the position of family leadership to him—Jacob greeted his older brother in a posture of respect and humility. We can only imagine what raced through Jacob’s mind in that moment. It most likely was not what happened next as Esau ran to him, hugged him, and kissed him.
We cannot miss what God was doing behind the scenes here. Just as He was at work in Jacob’s heart, He was surely at work in Esau’s as well. Years before, Esau had determined in his heart to kill Jacob, but now that heart was changed, and God was surely the One behind it. We cannot forget that while God is working on us, He is working on others too. Broken relationships that may seem hopeless are far from it when God is at work.
What relationships do you need God to repair or strengthen? Pray first for God to work in your own heart and then in the hearts of others.