Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Jacob’s Household Reaches Bethel -- Genesis 35:6


So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him.

Recently, some of my contacts on social media were discussing what they might do in the event that the United States goes through its darkest hours economically and politically, something which by the way I believe is highly likely in the near future. I was able to point out that indeed, unlike the old Roman god of mythology Mercury who was dubbed ‘the god of safe passage’, our God is indeed the ‘real stuff’. He is the God of Safe Passage. He proved it for Abraham, Isaac, and now in this passage, Jacob. I know He will see you and me safely ‘home’ and ‘back to Him’.

Jacob arrived in Bethel where God wanted him to be for his own good. And not only did He see to it that Jacob made it, but He saw to it that all the people who were with him did also.

Where does God want you and I today? In the mid of all this confusion in the world, all this fear and uncertainty, where does He want you? I believe that if we really put all our own preferences and fears aside, we would have to admit He has already told us, especially if we have asked Him. What remains is for us to do what Jacob did in the earlier verses we studied. Realize he wasn’t where God wanted him. Make the necessary changes in himself. Help his family and household or business to make the required changes. Then go where, or do what, God wanted him to. In exchange, God gave him and his household safe passage through enemy territory and a safe arrival at Bethel. He can and wants to do that for you and me, in our lives, right now. Is God speaking to you? If so, follow Jacob’s example, and just do it!

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