I am the God of Bethel, where you poured oil on the stone marker and made a solemn vow to Me. Get up, leave this land, and return to your native land. – Genesis 31:13
In a previous post, I recounted the “deal” that Jacob (seemingly) made with God while he was on the road to Aram. Of course, God was never bound by Jacob’s “bargaining,” but Jacob was certainly held accountable for his own words … and though it took 20 years, God eventually reminded Jacob of all he had said. Speaking of this moment in time, God said, “Jacob, I am the God of Bethel….” In other words, “I have been faithful to you. Now, will you be faithful to Me?” There was still some wrestling to be done, but Jacob’s journey of faith that began at Bethel, that seemed to be on hold in Aram (but never was), was put on fast-forward as Jacob turned back toward Canaan
Another “pilgrim” on a faith-journey once wrote, “You [LORD] see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do (Ps. 139:3).” Remember this simple truth, we will never speak an idle word before our God. He will never leave us. He is never far away. He IS the God of our past, our present, AND our future. We are just pilgrims and we’re making progress, often whether we like it or not. HE has been faithful.
The biggest question is, “Will we be?”
We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. – C. S. Lewis
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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