Then God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Padan-aram, and He blessed him.
Jacob had agreed to return to the land of his father. He cleansed his household of idols that had crept in. He fulfilled his responsibility to bury his mother’s nurse in her old age. And the very next thing the text says is “Then” God appeared to Jacob again, and the verse ends with “and He blessed him”.
This is such a simple idea. When we have obeyed Him, God appears and He blesses. If we’re in fellowship with Him, His appearances are accompanied by blessings. If we’re out of fellowship, He may come to call us to Himself, redirect us, correct us, or sometimes even warn us.
Are you still in your own “Padan-aram” and out of fellowship with God? Are you letting things slide in your own life as well as in the life of your household? Is prayer at family meals now optional? Is going to church discretionary? Is reading your Bible and praying elective duties? If so, evidence of your fellowship with God is waning. And one thing I can assure you, God has not changed or moved. Which only leaves one other possibility – you have. He’s waiting to appear to you and bless you. May you seek Him anew today.
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