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There’s this new craze that’s been trending online called “the running man challenge”. I’ve noticed a lot of people posting videos of themselves doing this. Maybe one reason why this is so popular is because just about anyone can do it. And it seems like fun But aside from this dance craze, what comes into my mind why I thing of a running man is Jacob.
Jacob is a character in the bible in the book of Genesis. He is the second son of Isaac and Rebekah and the brother of Esau. God did a lot of great things through Jacob. Not because Jacob deserved it, but because God is gracious. Jacob is far from perfect. In fact, even though he is one of the bible’s great characters, he had many faults and made a lot of wrong choices. Just like you and me.
When Rebekah gave birth to Jacob and Esau (they’re twins by the way), God promised to build a nation through Jacob. But even with this assurance, Jacob still chose to take matters in his own hands. At the prodding of his mother stole Esau’s birthright by exchanging it for a bowl of lentil soup. When it was time for Isaac to bless his first son, Esau, Jacob also stole his blessing by disguising himself and pretending to be Esau. As a consequence, Jacob had to run away to Paddan Aram to escape from Esau’s wrath.
It was at Paddan Aram that Jacob married and started his own family. Through the years that he worked for Laban, his father-in-law, God blessed him generously and his wealth increased. Eventually Laban came to resent him for this and started to treat him differently. So Jacob did what he did best. He took his family and all he had and ran away again, back to his fathers land.
Jacob was a man blessed greatly by God. And yet many times in his life, instead of trusting God to work, he ran away. I can relate to Jacob because there were times in the past that I’ve been tempted to run away from my problems. There were times that I just ignored them which is equivalent to running away. But running away wont solve anything. Sooner or later, it will come back to you. Wouldn’t you rather deal with it now rather than later?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Dealing with your problems head on takes courage. But you don’t have to deal with it on your own because you can always call on God to sustain you.We are never alone because God is always with us wherever we go.
Facing problems can be extremely painful and uncomfortable, but at least you’ll have peace of mind. I can’t imagine staying in a foreign land for 20 years because I cant go home for fear that my own brother might kill me. This is exactly what happened to Jacob. When you refuse to confront your problems, you rob yourself of a peaceful life. Imagine spending your next 20 years having to continually look over your shoulder. That’s not the kind of life I want to live.
Anyone can run away. But facing your problems – that’s what makes you strong.
What problems are you running away from now?
Remember that no trial is bigger than our God because we have a great God. The best way to face a problem is to find a way to solve it. Let’s do our best and trust that he’ll take care of the rest.
Go live a Truly Wealthy life.