Trust But Verify

Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants’ 2 He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear’ 3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother’

4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him’ And they wept’ Genesis 33:1-4

This is a very touching moment in the lives of these estranged brothers, more so for Esau. They hadn’t seen each other for at least 20 years. Was it like they had never left each other? Probably not.

Esau, though polite in his upcoming exchange, knows his brother and what he’s capable of. President Reagan used the term, “Trust but Verify.” In other words, have a reasonable distrust based on past history.

I suspect we all have that type of family member somewhere within our immediate family. It’s just the way families roll in this day and age. You don’t trust them; they don’t trust you (and both for different reasons). Your interactions with that person are sparse, and when they do exist, few words are exchanged because you know that at any minute someone or something could blow.

Are you at peace with that person? I’m not suggesting you reconcile because I don’t know the history. I’m merely asking if you’re at peace with that person. If you are, then Lord bless.

If you aren’t at peace, what’s blocking that peace? Is it you, them, or something/someone else?

Relationships are tough even as we grow older. People don’t play fair and they keep moving relationship goal posts to where they want them to be. However, being at peace with those close to you benefits all parties involved. Take time today to examine that peace.

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