Remember when you told me…
Wow, another week has passed and I am trying to stay focused on what God has right now instead of what’s to come. I talked with a brother of mine and he called that, “being sensitive to what God is doing,” although I like this terminology better I still can’t help but think of what’s next with time flying by as fast as it is. I don’t want to miss what is going on now because I realize that God is what most people say, “up to something” and I want to be obedient to what He is teaching me now. Not the direction I wanted to go with today’s entry but it fits, the fact that time is moving quickly and I or better yet we are not getting any younger to fulfill Gods call over our lives to the fullest, no holds barred. It was the Psalmist who told God to teach him to number his days that he may gain a heart of wisdom. Moses understood that life is only but a breath, here today and gone tomorrow and that it’s wise to seek all of Gods will for your life in the moment that you have and not for what is to come because it is not guaranteed. Only in Gods will for you is there life and fullness of joy, only when you say yes to God to everything will you be completely satisfied no matter where He takes you or what he calls you to do even if you don’t think it’s for you. We Christians at times can forget the fact that God has in every day something for us to do and because of the comforts of life it is very easy to settle for what you can do instead of what He can do through you or in other words, complacency which is what I taught on today.
I extracted from the book of Genesis two verses, Genesis 28:18-21 and Genesis 35:1-12. In the first, we see a young Jacob vowing to God after God appeared to him in a dream at Bethel (house of God), that if God would be with him and give him food to eat and clothes to wear and to bring him back to his father’s (Isaac) house in peace that God would be his God or in other words Jacob said I will say yes to whatever you call me to. I wonder how many of us have made this commitment to Him. In the latter scripture we see God coming to Jacob to remind him of the vow that he committed years ago, “Then God said, arise and go back to Bethel.” What happened? Obviously somewhere in between the chapters of 28-35, Jacob must’ve forgotten what he had vowed to God. In chapter 34 God had allowed not caused but allowed a terrible thing to happen to Jacob’s family that apparently God thought would bring to the attention of Jacob that he is to go back to Bethel where he belonged. But because Jacob had wealth, clothes, and family which is more than what he asked God for, Jacob lost sight of the vow or when he told God YES TO YOUR WILL. You see it is in this state of our calling where it is most difficult to leave. After we have said yes to His will God is ALWAYS FAITHFUL to keep His promise but once we start experiencing the blessing of that promise we can either remain in our comforts and stay complacent or we can continue on with the mission that God has called us to. If we do not act on the commitment we made at the moment we made it we will forget and the impression it once had on us is now gone. So Jacob still did not respond to the terrible thing that has happened to his family so God Himself had to visit and remind him. God will get our attention one way or another though it’s best to act on the now, Ecclesiastes 5:4, “When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow!
I thought what Jacob did next after he realized that he was on assignment was absolutely amazing. He didn’t try to save the world like most Christians who catch a glimpse of their purpose through the eyes of their creator but instead Jacob went to his home and ministered to them. Our response to God always should lead us to get our house in spiritual order. Verse two of chapter 35 reads, “So Jacob said to his household…” if I can just stop right here to notice how as a man and called of God to be the head of the household like all men are today, Jacob took the initiative to stand up and say as for me and my house we will serve the Lord! I also noticed that in verses 3-4 he gives his family three commands, 1. “Put away the foreign Gods.” 2. “Purify yourselves.” and 3. “Change your garments.” In the first command I thought how is it that this man of God, Jacob, whom God appeared to three times and I would say he was a pastor, would have foreign Gods in his own house? Surely this was a family that had a knowledge of God. You know what I got from this, THAT THERE ARE NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT FAMILY. I had to capitalize all of that lol. People got issues, but there’s hope for us like Jacob to see revival take place in our home. All it takes is one devout man or woman of God to pray earnestly and to say this is enough. I always say that genuine faith is more caught than it is taught; if they see you do it they will catch it too. It was John Wesley who stated that, “If you set yourself on fire the people will come and watch you burn.” The other two commands he gave his family are symbolic of what happens when a heart truly repents.
Not afraid to admit my mistakes, I forgot a point to preach on today, in verse 5 it says, “As they journeyed, there was a great terror upon the cities which were around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.” Again in the previous chapter Simeon and Levi, Jacob’s sons had sought revenge for what had happened to their sister and it says that they had plundered that entire people group. So Jacob knew for sure that the people would return to him violence on behalf of what was done through his sons. He said in chapter 34 verse 30,”Then Jacob said to his sons, you have brought trouble on me… and they will together gather against me and attack me and I will be destroyed.” But God had divinely provided PROTECTION for Jacob who chose to do Gods will. Most of us would confess that it’s scary to put your life into the hands of something you can’t see because where would I end up? How will I be provided for? and who will protect me? For those that are in Gods hands are divinely protected to accomplish the task that have been assigned to them.
So far, up to this point we have studied a man who was complacent though called to do an assignment for the Lord awakened by God Himself after trying to get his attention, once Jacob realized this and said YES to GODS WILL he experienced a change in his family, Gods protection, and lastly Gods blessing and affirmation and a new revelation of God. Verse 9, God blessed Jacob, self explanatory for those that do Gods will; HE will bless you! Verse 10, God reconfirmed the covenant established with his Fathers in Jacob’s life; God is with you all the way and if you are in His will He is looking at you saying that a boy or girl! He always confirms His calling over your life. Verse 11, “God also said to him, “I am God almighty,” this is a powerful verse because up until this point Jacob only knew God as EL, the Hebrew word for God, but here God revealed Himself as EL SHADDAI, or all sufficient, able to make good the promise in due time as well as support you and provide you in the meantime. The obedient Christian life is meant to see the revelation of God. Most of us know Him as Saviour and praise God for that, but how many of us know Him, heart and mind, as provider, healer, friend, etc… You want to see God, say YES completely to Him! Verses 11-12 are a picture of Jesus Christ and Heaven, “Kings will come from you and I will give you land,” emphasis added.
In conclusion, If we say yes to God and forget He Himself will graciously remind us, why? Because He knows what’s best for us and His will is always best for us. The number one requirement for knowing Gods will for your life is to seek His kingdom first, Matthew 6:33-34. You don’t have to worry about NOTHING, God knows your every need. Next once you say Yes to God don’t try to save the world yet, start in your home by serving your family like Jacob did and finally in your obedience to do whatever it is He told you to do He will bless you and reveal Himself to you! MORE OF YOU GOD, LESS OF ME!!!!!!! I pray that we all awaken from our slumber and seek the Lords will for our life and FULLY SUBMIT TO IT. I thank God for all of you and pray Gods blessing over your life!