Thanks for joining us on this journey of building a consistent habit of reading our Bibles every day. The Bible reading plan we are using this year can be found here: One Year Bible or here on the Bible app. As always, if you miss a day, don’t feel compelled to go back and catch up. Just skip it and start back on today’s date. I am reading the NLT this year, but feel free to use whatever version you prefer. Now here are some thoughts from today’s readings:
Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means “God of Bethel”), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.
– Genesis 35:7
Are you confused at what God is trying to say to you or do in you? That’s happens to all of us at times. Trying to figure out what to do in those times of confusion is where we all tend to feel lost. Jacob, however, does something here we can all do when we find ourselves in an aimless season.
Jacob went back to last place he had a life changing encounter with God. He didn’t go to the very last place God spoke to him, but he went to one of the places where he was impacted the most. It was there he was reminded that God had a purpose for his life. God had a promise for him and God was not going to fail. God was with him!
Can you remember a place, a time, a reason God spoke to you in a powerful way? Begin to seek Him again there. He just might show up in a new and fresh way. Go back to that Church. Go listen to that song. Go back to that habit of prayer time you used to have or go reread that book that changed your life. Go back to where you trusted God the most and felt Him the closest.
I think its important to note that once Jacob got there, his external situation actually got worse. One of his wives died and ended up getting buried there. But what was happening on the inside of Jacob carried him through that season. So, I can’t promise your situation will improve. It may get worse, but the closeness you experience with the Lord will be what you need to make it through!
Where do you need to go back to? Comment below…