Genesis 32:1-21

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About God?
God understands the requirements of reconciliation better than anyone.

About Me?
May my actions of reconciliation precede and affirm my words.

About the World?
…in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespesses against them…We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 
2 Cor 5

Genesis 31:1-21

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Again, God uses jealousy and unrest to make it clear to Jacob that it is time to move on.  He knew the time of leaving was beginning. He bargained with Laban to care for the flock. Laban tricked him but Jacob had God’s solution – spotted and striped – God’s plan to give flocks of reward to Jacob.
When the flocks were ready, another conflict –  grumbling of Laban’s sons.  It was time to go and go now!

The wives were another confirmation.  Yes they had seen the unfair treatment for 20 years.  They were in fact still carrying their own grudges over how their father had acted toward them.  When relationships are uncomfortable, that makes it a bit easier to move on.

All these earthly, painful, messy circumstances worked together to bring this family to a place of faith.

I wonder how often I view circumstances and pain in my own life as an affirmation of something God is already telling me.  It is like He knows He must gently pry my current situation out of my hands, so that I will let go and move forward.

When this happens, I don’t feel like things have been ripped from my grasp, but rather there is a sense of chosing, and being led and a small amount of courage – courage to step out in faith. 

Life sucks here and has for a long while but I stayed because…well, it was my life.  I struggled and learned and had happy days and sad and just went on. 

But now change is coming…I can sense it, I can see it unfolding, and I am shifting with it, releasing the old and stepping into the small current of courage.  Can’t see very far ahead but just enough to know there is a road and I am ready.

About God?
He is the maker of times and seasons for the earth, and times and seasons for our lives. With change He sows tiny seeds of courage to sustain us.

About Me?

Change is coming…I can sense it.  I can see it unfolding and I am shifting with it – releasing the old and stepping into the small current of courage.  I can’t see very far ahead but just enough to know there is a road and I am ready.

About the World?

To everything, turn, turn, turn
There is a season, turn, turn, turn
And a time for everything purpose under heaven.

Genesis 29:31-30:24

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About God?

God is not afraid of conflict, jealousy, competition, heartbreak – He loves us in that, through that. His plan of redemption is working.

About Me?

“When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.” John 16:21

So, Lord, I offer you my “sorrow”, and watch for your redemption.

About the World?

Rest assured – God’s plan is bigger than you can imagine.

Genesis 28:10-22

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Jacob is on his way to Haran.  70 miles down the road, in Luz, he ends up camping because it had gotten dark.  This is probably a 3-4 day journey from Beersheba under normal circumstances so even though he is “running” from Esau I don’t think he could have travelled this far on the first day. (Also, Esau wasn’t planning to “kill him” until after Isaac died and was mourned so  running may not have been an issue as to timing.)

The word that grabs me is dark – “because the sun had set”. He stopped because evening was upon him.  He had no plans to necessarily stop there, but it got dark so he stopped.  He probably didn’t know this was even a special place. (Abraham, his grandfather had stopped and worshipped here. Gen 12:8.  Actually a place Abe had stopped after God told him he would be given the land and right before he went to Egypt to escape the famine.)

This is often when I stop too – when everything around me has gone dark.  I can no longer see how to move forward, I can’t travel even if I wanted to, I am without any light.  In my journey I could plan for the overnight places, where I would just stay while it was dark outside.  I’d probably get there early enough to register, have dinner, check out the pool, relax, read and then sleep through the dark time – no big deal.  But when life stops because I’ve been over taken by the dark – I  don’t sleep well.  My pillow feels like a rock and my mind whirls in spite of my trying to clench closed my eyes.

God has me, a captive audience of one and He has something to say.

To Jacob a vision and a promise. Here is the doorway to Me – and Me coming to you.  Jacob did not seek this encounter.  Neither have I.  God has initiated both His presence AND the darkness that has stopped me in my tracks.

Jacob is running.  It’s a positive sort of running to find a wife but none the less instigated by his less than stellar life choices. God stops him to say – I am here – choose me; I will be with you.

I’m usually running too, when the darkness falls all around me.  When all that I fear seems to be in that darkness.  God is trying to speak the same words to me – “I am here – choose me; I will be with you.”

About God?
God is all about having some one on one time with each of us.

About Me?

Being in the dark can be the best time to really see the Light.

About the World?

Sometimes sleeping on a rock can be en-Lightening.

Genesis 27:41 – 28:9

day 47God’s heart must be so patched together – tape and glue and baling wire – and yet he remains. Stands back and watches the mess, intervenes in hidden ways, is rejected 100 times more than He is recieved. I can’t fathom it – this sticking around.

About God?
God is a faithful parent who will never desert us, even in the mess we have made – “I have loved you with an everlasting love…” Jer 31:3

About Me?
Whom have I in heaven but You?…My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Ps 73:25-26

About the World?
Regardless of any mess you make, God will never give up on you.

Genesis 27:8-40

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About God?

God is God. We are not. He has our back – we do not have His.

About Me?
In all the chaos, the one voice of reason is acceptance – “Yes, and he shall be blessed.”

About the World?
The Bible is full of real people just like us. God intends to rescue them anyway.

Genesis 27:1-7

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Today it speaks to me about the peace that relaxing my grip on life brings. God will have His way, anyway. I can ask but can’t thwart His intentions.  I might as well trust Him.  There in reality is nothing more to do…no other way to go.

So, I research and I try my best, and then I rest in the fact that He has it covered.  I’m not driving the boat.

About God?

God – infinitely patient.

About Me?

“It was a sad and disappointing day when I discovered that my Universal Remote Control did not, in fact, control the Universe (not even remotely).” Hum…and I thought I was driving!

About the World?

Cease striving and know that I am God – Ps 46:10 NASB