You may feel like you are facing an army as well, an uncertain future, or a dire circumstance, a negative medical report or a relationship crisis.
Whatever it is…it is coming straight toward you and you are, like Jacob, frantic with fear.
With what he thought to be certain death for him and his family only hours away, Jacob did something interesting.
He reminded God of promises made.
“Then Jacob prayed, O Jehovah, you said that you would do me good – I am not worthy of the least of all your loving-kindnesses shown me again and again just as you promised me. For when I left home I owned nothing except a walking stick! And now I am two armies! O Lord, please deliver me from destruction at the hand of my brother Esau, for I am frightened terribly that he is coming to kill me and these mothers and my children. But you promised to do me good, and to multiply my descendants until they become as the sands along the shores – too many to count.” Genesis 32:9-12
Jacob reminded God of the promise God had made to Jacob years before.
Jacob in his time of fear and need, felt to remind God of these promises.
But maybe it was Jacob who needed to be reminded of the promises made.
Either way, Jacob did an interesting thing after he prayed.
“Jacob stayed where he was for the night…”
Through the dark places, through the night, through the fear, through what you see as a destructive situation, maybe it is you and I that need to be reminded of the promises made.
That God wants the best for us.
Don’t let the words of fear from men cause you to forget the words of promise from God.
Remind God of what he has spoken into your heart and life and be encouraged yourself by the remembrance of promises made.