Remember that Jacob fled from Laban. Then Laban pursed him and caught up, accusing him of stealing his household gods. The night before the Lord spoke to Laban in a dream and told him to speak to Jacob neither good nor bad. After Laban searched everything, Jacob spoke (Genesis 31:36-41). Then verse 42 says, “…God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.”
Laban and Jacob made a covenant together. Laban made a true statement that applies to us today. Verse 50 says, “…God is a witness between you and me!” No matter what we think or what we do the Lord is a witness.
The next scene is about Esau and Jacob. Jacob sent his servants to tell Esau that he was coming. The messengers came back and told Jacob that Esau was coming to meet him, and he had four hundred men with him.
Genesis 32:7 says, “So Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed…” His actions after that reflected his fear and distress. He put his animals out in front with his servants to distance himself from Esau.
Verse 20 says, “…For he said, I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me.”
Jacob jumped to conclusions. He acted out of fear. He dialogued in his mind about his circumstances, and did everything in his own strength. Even though he had just rehearsed that the Lord had promised to protect him and bring him back to his father’s house, he schemed how to preserve his life (32:9-12).
When we sow deception, we reap it in another season. It had been 20 years since Jacob had fled his father’s house because Esau threatened to kill him. In his present circumstances, he assumed he knew what Esau was thinking.
We NEVER know what another is thinking. It is not wise to presume anything. Our actions need to be based on truth alone. David wrote Psalm 19. Verse 13 says, “Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.”