Promises have been one of the biggest themes throughout the book of Genesis. God is the God who keeps his promises to his people, even when we don’t deserve them! In our passage today, we have one of the biggest promises that God offers to his people in the entire Old Testament. It is a promise that would not be fulfilled for hundreds of years, but it would eventually be fulfilled. God doesn’t move on our time, we move on his.
Jacob was in the process of journeying to find himself a wife. As he was going, he spent the night and while sleeping saw a dream from God. In the dream, he saw a staircase reaching towards heaven and saw angels ascending and descending. Then God gives him a message:
13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
Genesis 28:13-15 (ESV)
God gives Jacob the promise that the people of Israel will one day inhabit the land that Jacob was currently dwelling in. In our culture, we want instantaneous results. Most of us own microwaves that can warm food in a fraction of the time it takes to heat something up on the stove or in the oven. In many ways, the microwave is a perfect analogy for our time. We don’t like waiting; we want what we want and we want it now. But this passage today is a great example of how God so often moves in our lives: he moves at His pace and expects us to walk with Him, not the other way around. Maybe instead of thinking of it as you waiting on God to move, you should think of it as God waiting on you to move towards Him.
- What is something that you have wanted for a long time that God hasn’t delivered yet?
- Why do you think God makes us wait for certain things?
- What steps can you take to help you prepare for God to move in your life in this area?
By: Graham Withers