Time to Go Home
No matter how much success we achieve in life, things will never be quite right if don’t deal with our broken relationships. Four thousand years ago, Jacob learned this lesson.
Jacob left home for 20 years to work with his Uncle Laban. During this time, he grew quite wealthy, and his family grew as well. However, after 20 years of prosperity, the LORD gave Jacob a new directive:
“Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” Genesis 31:3
You see, Jacob had left his home 20 years earlier to escape the anger of his brother Esau, whom Jacob had cheated out of a birthright and a paternal blessing. Esau was so angry with his brother Jacob, he wanted to kill him. Yet the time came when the LORD told Jacob to reconcile with his brother. In fact, the word for “return” in our passage is the Hebrew word “shuv,” where we get the word “repent” from. Repentance is literally a return, or a change in direction, an about-face, if you will. Jacob was therefore instructed to go home, to repent of his past actions, and to restore his relationship with his brother. After much prayer, Jacob returned home, and was forgiven by his brother.
You yourself may have a broken relationship in your life which needs mending. If so, taking care of it should be a top priority. Jesus put it this way:
“…if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24
In other words, even our relationship with God is affected if we’re not reconciled to others. Therefore, if you have a relationship in your life which needs healing, don’t procrastinate. It’s time to go home.
If you would like to receive articles like these on a regular basis, free of charge by e-mail, sign up for our newsletter.