We have been walking through the book of Genesis for several months … it’s not a race to the end. We are enjoying the journey, learning and growing. I believe this is one of the secrets of contentment in life, enjoying the journey.
Today I was thinking about Jacob. He is the Jacob of the Abraham, Isaac, Jacob family. The men that God chose to be the fathers of His people. Jacob wasn’t really a very nice guy, in the early years of his life. He lied to his father and deceived him and stole his older brother’s birthright and blessing. Not so good …
And then one day, he had a personal encounter, or experience with God and things began to change inside of him. He was actually fleeing from his home, from his brother who wanted to kill him, he had to run for his life; leave all that was familiar and comfortable.
He stopped for the night to rest on this journey and when he fell asleep, God came to him in a dream. A dream where the heavens opened and angels descended and the Lord God spoke to him. And the Lord told him good things were to come, that he was a blessed man. And that encounter changed Jacob’s heart and he made a commitment to God. (Genesis 25-35)
Now God knew Jacob’s heart, knew he was deceitful … yet God had made a promise to Abraham many years before and Jacob was part of the fulfillment of that promise. And God didn’t give up on Jacob, simply because Jacob’s actions were not matching God’s plan.
No … God came to Jacob. And Jacob received him. And God changed who Jacob was inside. And God’s promises were fulfilled.
My heart wasn’t so good before I had my own encounter with God. But God didn’t give up on me. And now my heart is changing. Day by day, becoming more like God’s.
God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things for His Kingdom. We see it time and time again throughout history. Example after example. Regular men and women who encounter God and He changes them, from the inside out.
So … if you are feeling a little ordinary today … take heart! You are just the person God is looking to have an encounter with; to bless and to use to fulfill His purpose for your life!