Posted by: springsinthedesert | November 3, 2010

Renew Your Commitments

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s house, then the LORD will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”

           Genesis 28:20-21

We know the story of Isaac’s two sons, Esau and Jacob. At first Esau sold his birthright to Jacob, and later Jacob acquired His father’s blessing by cheating Esau. Even though he was a deceiver, God had plans about him right from his mother’s womb. More chapters in Genesis is written about Jacob than any other person. The context of the above verse is as follows. Jacob sought the firstborn’s blessing through deception. When he realized that his brother was furious about this and is waiting to kill him, he responded to his mother’s advice and fled to Padan Aram. On his way to his mother’s house, he came to a place called Luz. Jacob was fearful about his future and was greatly worried about going away from home. He felt all alone. He found a stone and kept it as a pillow and slept.

Jacob knew about the God of Abraham and Isaac, but that night he was about to meet the God of Jacob too, Even though he was a wanderer due to his sin, God had plans about him and God came down to meet Jacob in that wilderness when he was all alone. In that lonely hour, he saw angels descending and ascending. IF you read verses 12 to 15, you will understand that God answered all his doubts, his fears, and also promised to be with him always. God knew very well that his present condition is loneliness and He addressed that current problem too. He promised not to leave him until all his promises are fulfilled in his life. What an awesome God we serve ! He came down to meet us when we were still sinners and showed us the path to follow and gave us the promises for our future.

Jacob realized the presence of God and named that place where he met the God of Abraham and Isaac, Bethel, meaning “house of God”. IF you read verses 16 to 22, you will understand that he was awakened from sleep the next day early morning and acknowledged the presence of God. He could not just continue his journey without anointing the stone with oil and He worshipped the God who met him at his wilderness. Then and there he made a vow to follow this God of his fathers and promised God a new beginning at Bethel.

When we look back in our personal lives, do we remember the first time we met Jesus. When we were wandering in sin. When we were filled with doubts about our future and when we were hopeless about our next step in life. We did not go in search of Him. He came to the place where we were and found us when we were lonely and all messed up in life. He introduced himself to us and addressed our needs and promised to be with us forever. Jesus did not condemn us for our past failures and sins. He just offered us a new beginning.

Like Jacob, did we get up from our sleep, awakened from our past and acknowledge the presence of God in that wilderness of ours? Did we realize that the God who loves us so deeply in spite of everything that we did, is just awesome? Did we worship God then and there and did we make a vow to God and promised to follow Him no matter what?How is our commitment towards God? Later in Genesis we see that Jacob came back to Bethel and worshipped Him again. Do we renew our commitments towards God? Let us examine our lives today.

When God met Jacob at Bethel, He made a personal relationship with Him and that lasted throughout his lifetime. Remember at Bethel, God comes to meet you when you are lonely and wandering. But Bethel is also a place of God’s promise and your commitment towards Him. So today, if you have forgotten the commitment you have made with God, renew it at Bethel. Wake up, acknowledge the presence of God, worship Him and renew your vows. He will promise to be with you forever.

Prayers,

Rani John

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  1. How perfect is the timing of so many of your posts. . .like this one. Thank you so much for encouraging us to our commitment to Jesus. 🙂 God bless you! deb


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