Jacob prayed for deliverance from Esau and the 400 men moving in his direction; while immediately attempting self-preservation and deliverance by dividing his camp, and sending tribute.
Then, out of nowhere, God appears and wrestles Jacob to keep him still long enough for Esau to be changed by grace, not bribery. Grace, having done its work, leads brothers, once bitter enemies, to embrace and weep in each other’s arms: forgiveness and restoration (Gen. 32:22 – 33:4).
There are times when the Lord restrains us in order for His grace to do its work along the way He is preparing.
Be well. Shalom.