God is Near

Genesis 28

When I was a child, I was not too happy with the family of Isaac and Rebekah and their boys. Why would they be so deceptive with each other? Why couldn't they get along? How horrible that Jacob had to run away from his twin brother, Esau!

God didn't give up on Jacob. He doesn't let his children run too far away before calling them back to Himself.

Who hasn't heard of the wondrous story of Jacob's dream?(Sleeping on a stone pillow would give anyone a restless night!) A ladder stretches from heaven to earth with angels walking up and down, with God, himself, at the top. He reminds Jacob that He is still there, that He is God, that He keeps His promises.

Jacob is humbled and afraid. "This is none other than the house of God,(Bethel) and this is the gate of heaven." Jacob recognizes the presence of God in his life.

Do we acknowlege God in our life? Do we try to run from God's will for us? With his Spirit living within us, we have the presence of God in us constantly. We should be in an attitude of prayer unceasingly...seeking His will in all we do. Even though these words were spoken to Jacob, I think we can apply them to ourselves:

"And, behold, I am with thee,
and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest,
and will bring thee again into this land;
for I will not leave thee,
until I have done that
which I have spoken to thee of."

Lord, teach us to listen to Your voice. Keep us in an attitude of prayer, seeking Your will for our lives. In Jesus' Name, Amen

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