[The Lord said to Jacob:]“I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. ”
When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
How many of us would love to have a vision like this when God appears and promises his blessing so clearly and fully! Yet Jacob was no model of godliness. Aged 40 at this point, he was running away from home and his own twin brother whom he had cheated. The only time he had mentioned God at all before (Gen 27:20), it was to lie to his elderly father Isaac. Not the image of anyone who really deserved any of God‘s blessings!
And yet… “Such is the grace of God. It is impossible to think of the story of Jacob without being reminded of the vastness of God’s mercy or the depths of his love. We are reminded too that whatever our own family history, and whatever our past mistakes or wrongdoing, God waits to make himself known to us and to change and transform us even as he did the rascal Jacob. There is hope for us all.”
- Excerpt from Attentive to God by Tony Horsfall
Pray: Lord, I come to you today with all of my weaknesses, sins, and failings. Thank you that nothing shocks you about me. Please make yourself known to me in the busyness of today. In your grace, speak to me and do your work of transformation so that I find myself within your plans, whether I am walking with you in faith, or running from you in fear. Draw me back to you with love.