Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” Genesis 31:3
God asked Jacob to return home some two decades after he stole his brother’s birthright and went to live with his uncle Laban. The thought of parting ways with his shrewd uncle would have been very pleasant except that Jacob would now have to meet his brother Esau who could kill him as revenge for the stolen blessing.
Jacob’s dreaded journey became more complicated when he left Laban unceremoniously. The disgruntled uncle planned to harm him for his lack of courtesy but God intervened. Jacob sought God’s face sometimes after the incident with Laban and had an encounter that changed his identity from a fraudster to a man who had prevailed with God and man. When he eventually met with Esau, they embraced themselves like the lost brothers that they were. As God had ordained, Jacob arrived safely in Canaan where he built an altar and called it El Elohe Israel meaning Mighty is the God of Israel. (Gen. 33:20)
The call of God to return wasn’t only for Jacob but to every believer heading in a direction contrary to God’s plan. Bad attitudes complicate every journey of life even when someone is under God’s mandate. God helped Jacob escape the sword of Laban even though his actions were intentional; his repentance however, was instrumental to evading death at Esau’s hands. Jacob’s journey home may have commenced with much apprehension but ended in praise because of God’s unfailing love. What a destiny he would have forfeited if he had delayed or neglected God’s instruction. Is God calling you to return to Him or are you already on the way back to the Father but encountering challenges? Be strong, God is faithful. The journey of everyone that heeds His command always ends in praise; yours will.