January 31, 2018

Genesis 31:3 (NLT) — 3 Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your father and grandfather and to your relatives there, and I will be with you.”

Jacob had been living with Laban for about twenty years and the Lord said that it was time for him to go home. Notice that the Lord also said that He would be with Jacob. So no matter what Jacob would face on the journey home he would have the assurance that God was with him. Knowing that was supposed to give Jacob great peace.

We have the same promise from God that He will always be with us.

Hebrews 13:5 (NLT) — 5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

What we have or what we don’t have shouldn’t matter because we have God. God will never fail to provide exactly what we need at the right time we need it and he will never run out on us. Knowing this do you have great peace? What is it that troubles you? What disrupts your peace? What steals your joy? What causes you to panic? What shatters your contentment? What fuels your jealousy? What causes you to be on edge? What do you take offense at?

Is there anything to great for God to overcome? Is there a problem that God can’t solve? Are there circumstances that take God by surprise? Does God ever run out of love? Are God’s hands tied behind his back so that he can’t help you? Has he run out of resources so that you’ll just have to go without because He is just to poor right now? Has God become weak in His old age?

Jacob had the promise that God with be with him. He even had an angel escort!

Genesis 32:1 (NLT) — 1 As Jacob started on his way again, angels of God came to meet him.

And yet when he heard that Esau was coming to meet him he panicked.

Genesis 32:7 (NLT) — 7 Jacob was terrified at the news. He divided his household, along with the flocks and herds and camels, into two groups.

His focus shifted from God’s word to the visible situation at hand. When his focus shifted his faith fell and he panicked. Remember this:

Genesis 32:7 (NLT) — 7 Jacob was terrified at the news. He divided his household, along with the flocks and herds and camels, into two groups.

Your faith is either strengthened or weakened depending on your focus.

Mark 4:40 (NLT) — 40 Then he(Jesus) asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Romans 10:17 (NLT) — 17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

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