February 9, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 28:10-22

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

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

4 thoughts on “February 9, 2016”

  1. It’s funny how even after that transformational experience with God, the old Jacob still shines through and makes conditions of God. If you do this, then I’ll do that. Sometimes I think God laughs to himself and says “fine, I’ll meet your little conditions” only to humble us later.

  2. v.15b) One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.

    This verse really spoke to me today regarding God’s promises and His timetable. For many centuries God’s chosen people, Israel, where scattered all over the Earth and had no home land. Some believed God had abandoned His people and that Israel would never again possess the promised land. After much suffering and death at the hands of the Nazis in World War II, God brought His people back to the promised land in 1948. God’s timing is always perfect but quite often confounds the mind of man.

    The promises of God we read in scripture will be upheld. Some may occur in our lifetimes and others may not. However, we can rest assured that God is always faithful to His promises.

    Thanks for the commentary today, Graham!

  3. ” But then, next Jacob had in addition to this calm of mind—a revelation of Christ. You will never perceive God in nature, until you have learned to see God in grace. We have heard a great deal about going up from nature to nature’s God. Impossible! A man might as well attempt to go from the top of the Alps to heaven. There is still a long gulf between nature and God to the natural mind. You must first of all perceive God incarnate in the flesh of Christ, before you will perceive God in the creation which he has made.

    We have heard a great deal about men worshipping in the forest glades, who never frequent the sanctuary of the saints. You have heard much, but there was little truth in it. There is often great sound where there is much emptiness, and you will frequently find that those men who talk most of this natural worship are those who do not worship God at all. God’s works are too gross a medium to allow the light, and the road to him is a rugged one if we go the way of the creatures.

    But when I see Christ, I see God’s new and living way, between my soul and my God, most clear and pleasant. I come to my God at once, and finding him in Christ, I find him everywhere else besides.” -Spurgeon

    Thank you for Jumpstart today!

  4. Wow, amazing passage today! This definitely speaks into several areas of my life right now where God has placed a passion in my heart, but has not brought it to fruition quite yet. While it is so difficult to patiently wait for Gods timing, it greatly builds our trust in Him and deepens our relationship! This passage is so encouraging to see that God does always come through on His promises! Thanks so much for Jumpstart!

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