HOW CAN I SOFTEN THEIR HEART?
And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, instructing them, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Genesis 32:3-4
After all these years, Jacob is about to meet Esau, the brother he cheated out of covenantal privileges. He is afraid for his life and rightly so. Terrified of the reality, he sent messengers on ahead to test the waters, to speak of him and see what kind of heart Esau had.
Have you ever feared meeting with a certain person? Tensions between you are high and over the years, there’s little else you can think of when your soul is quiet. The strained relationship weighs heavily on you. In order to test the waters, you ask someone who is in good standing with them to speak of you. You ask them to reveal your present circumstances and tell how your heart has changed since last they saw you. By doing this, you will have an idea on how wise or unwise it would be to restore the relationship.
A mediator is oftentimes needed. When judgments have been made, fairly or unfairly, softening the heart of the estranged is difficult.
Jesus is the mediator we can count on. When God was misunderstood, He sent Jesus to show us His heart, personality, and character. Jesus softened our hearts and paid a great price to restore the breech in our relationship.
Jesus is still a mediator, not only between us and His Father, but between us and anyone else with whom we suffer a distance. When a foundation of prayer is laid, He goes ahead of us to change the one we fear. Nothing is too hard for our Mediator, Jesus. He can give them a dream, speak to them in the night, cause them to remember a story about us that they had forgotten, or make sure they cross paths with someone who can speak about us in a way that makes them softer.
What can I pray if I am estranged from my brother, sister, parent, or friend? “Lord, would you give them your eyes for me? Would you bind their thinking to yours? Would you loose the lies they believe and the revenge they seek? Till the soil of their heart so that they are approachable.”
Not only are the hearts of kings in God’s hands, but so is the heart of your nemesis.
You, Lord, are the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid? Amen
Journal Question: What relationship have you given up on? Would you be willing to entertain the thought that God can change their heart toward you? Begin writing a strategic prayer today.