June 13– Genesis 28:8-22
June 13– Genesis 28:8-22
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Heavenly Father, how fickle we can be. How often we fail to understand the relationship we are to have with You. We are YOUR servants, and YOUR children. We are to be obedient to You, not put conditions on what we will do if You serve us a certain way. Despite how we act, You use us. I can’t imagine how frustrated You must get at times with us and our version of the way this relationship should go. I know as we raise our children and watch our grandchildren grow up, we see their lack of respect at times for the relationship we have and the place of authority You have given us over them. It must be so sad for You to watch the lack of respect people have, not only for their earthly parents, but for their Creator, Savior, Counselor, Mediator, and Lord. Forgive me when I don’t show the proper respect for You. Teach me, show me, help me be what You know I can be. What You desire me to be, in You.
In Jesus’ name.
Wow! God appears to Jacob in a dream. This encounter allows Jacob to gain a personal knowledge of God and gives us the famous “Jacobs ladder”.
Notice the condition Jacob places on his relationship with God. “If God…”, which appears in verse 20, says so much about the spiritual maturity of Jacob. IF God met these conditions, Jacob would follow God.
Do you find ourselves in a similar situation? Is it all about what God can do for you rather than you can do for God or what God wants from you?
Spend some time pondering your relationship with God and ask Him to help you search your heart and whether you are seeking the kind of relationship with God that allows you to increase your spiritual maturity and walk closer with Him daily.
8 So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father,9 Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the sister of Nebaioth.10 Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran.11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep.12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, "I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring.14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it."17 And he was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."18 So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it.19 He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first.20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear,21 so that I come again to my father's house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God,22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God's house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you."