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Because of Jacob’s habit of taking advantage of others, he flees from Laban only to become concerned that Esau will take his revenge. In order to protect his family, Jacob sends them away. While he is alone, God wrestles with him. Jacob is so stubborn and self-reliant that God needs to physically wrestle with him to get him to submit.

It’s possible to get ahead through underhanded dealings, but then we have to go through life wondering if we are going to get caught. It’s like driving around with a policeman constantly in our rearview mirror. Living a life that trusts in God is not only more pleasing to God, it is guilt-free for us. If you are living life worrying about your past catching up to you, a change of lifestyle may be in order. Apologizing to God and those you have hurt would be a good start.