Today you should read Genesis 28:10-22
In this passage we see a wonderful picture of God’s communion and connection with us. Jacob was traveling when he came to a place called Luz, which means separation. Jacob may very well have felt separation from God. How often do we, even though we are Christians, feel separated from God? When life’s circumstances hit us or we hit a dry spell in our walk with the Lord it can feel like there is a wall laid smack between us and God. If you remember from the previous chapters Jacob has just stolen his brother’s birthright and blessing and is now sent away because his brother is ready to kill him. I don’t know about you but if I were Jacob I would feel separated from God at this point.
So, Jacob decides to camp in Luz. He has a dream of a ladder or staircase where angels are coming down from heaven and going back up. At the top, Jacob sees God who proclaims that He is with him, that He will protect him, guide him, and that He will make him a great nation. There is nothing like hearing God speak to you that really breaks that feeling of separation. Think back to a time you felt separated from God… what broke that feeling in your life? Most of the time it is when you hear God or see Him at work in your life.
Jacob wakes up early the next morning, re-named the place Bethel, which means House of God, and then began bargaining with God. It seems that Jacob had not yet put his full faith and trust in God as evidenced by his plea. He only asks God to watch over him and take care of his physical needs.
How often do we beg God to provide some small need and then we worry He may not come through even though He has already promised to bless us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places? (Ephesians 1:3) Jacob makes an oath that if God would do these things for him, then he would follow Him as his God, and give a tithe of all his possessions.
Again, God has already promised to be with us and to never leave us or forsake us. God’s faithfulness is not dependent on ours. Aren’t you glad this is the case? Imagine if it were. What would that look like in our lives?
Posted by: Robbie Byrd