And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. Genesis 35:5
God makes His child many, many promises. As long as my heart is sensitive toward sin and I’m quick to repent after falling on my face, the blessing of God is on my life. Living without sin is not a pre-requisite. Who can do that? Instead, God asks me to live a cross centered life characterized by daily repentance and daily grace.
Jacob and his sons sinned greatly at Shechem. Their murderous rage took the lives of many innocent men. God appeared, gave new orders, and Jacob quickly made a course correction for his family.
The fallout of his sin complicated the picture though. They had been known as a peace loving people; a tribe of shepherds. Heathen nations had not seen them as dangerous. That all changed with their latest rampage. They were now considered a viable threat. God still kept His promise of protection to the sons of Abraham. He sent a wave of panic to all the inhabitants of foreign cities. The fear was so severe that no one even entertained the thought of attacking Jacob’s tribe. God stepped up to define the psyche of alien peoples.
Sometimes I can panic when I feel my future is being decided by an unbeliever. I can wrongly assume that my life is held in their reckless hands. Not true. God has pre-ordained a path for me. Nothing and no one can keep me from my calling. My God calls the shots when it comes to the thoughts and feelings of those around me. When needed, He intervenes on my behalf to change their mind about me. A God that powerful is my advocate!
To be under this kind of protection, what do I need to do? Make sure I am not reckless with sin. Failing does not disqualify me from Fatherly care. The critical thing is what I do on the other side of failure. Do I repent or do I continue to do my own thing by quenching the voice of the Spirit of God? If it’s the first, God has my back. If it’s the latter, I become a prey to my enemies; physical and spiritual.
Ah, but when I follow Jesus with good faith intentions, how creatively He looks after me. The steps of a righteous man are made securely.
I have seen you change people’s hearts a full 180 degrees over matters great and small. How great you are. How small I am. Amen