Our text is from Genesis 27:42-45. … Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee. 27:43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran; 27:44 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away; 27:45 Until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?
I do not like to say good-bys to my loved ones. I never was good at it and it has always been depressing to me after they leave.
Recently, I had to say my final good-by to my mother as she passed away. We all knew she was leaving within days or hours so we did get to say our final words to her which I thank God for. It was a time which I had been dreading for 20 years. I told her, “I love you and thanks for being a good mom, I’ll see you later.”
The point of this is that sooner or later you will be saying your final good-by to all your loved ones. If you have kids, one day, one of you, whether it will be you or them will be saying good-by to the other one. If you are married, sooner or later one of you will be saying the final good-by to the other one. That will not be easy. My brother said his final good-by to his only child. I know it was difficult, because in his case, he didn’t know it would be the final good-by. He was killed in a car accident.
The final good-bys are not always going to be known or expected. You may say good-by with out even knowing it is the final good-by.
In our text, the final good-by of Jacob’s mom was in the form of “Get away from your brother until he cools off and I will let you know when that is and then I will send for you.” That was Rebecca’s final good-bys. She never saw him after that.
So if you have a loved one, you never know when you leave their presence that it will be the last time you will see them. That is the case for many. There are cases when someone has said, “Well, I have to go, I’ll see you later” and that never happens due to an accident, or some major medical event. So it is a good idea to tell your loved ones when you depart or when you get ready to hang up the phone how you feel about them so if your “bys” become final good-bys you will have no regrets.
May God help you to make your final good-bys loving and sincere because one day your “by’ may be the final good-by.
PS–the best way to say “good-by” in other words is “I love You.”