VAYISHLACH – “and he sent….”

 

In this week’s Sedra / portion Jacob is about to face his brother Esau, he prays to G-d that his meeting should be peaceful.

“I am no longer worthy, due to all the acts of kindness and trustworthiness that You have done for me, Your servant.” (32:11)

Although Jacob was certainly aware of his many merits, he was also able to rise above natural human short-sightedness and realise how infinitely indebted we are all to G-d.
With this perspective, Jacob humbly assumed that his merits were insufficient to deserve G-ds protection.

Therefore, he petitioned G-d to save him and his family not on account of his own merits – although he was indeed worthy – but out of G-d’s pure kindness.

Following Jacobs example, whenever we are to ask something of G-d, we too should appeal solely to His kindness and compassion. If we ask for assistance based on our own worthiness – and we may well possess many merits, G-d’s response will be limited to the extent of our worthiness.

But when we humbly disregard our own worthiness, demonstrating that we, like Jacob, have risen above our own short-sightedness, G-d will respond with Blessings that transcend the natural order.

Wishing you a wonderful inspiring Shabbat followed by a successful week.