The Kitchen Table
Genesis 28:10-22; Hebrews 11:13-22
“For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” God (Genesis 28:15)
The story today finds us in a field with Jacob. He’s running from his past and toward his future and in the middle of the night God has appeared to him in a dream at the top of a ladder that reaches to heaven with a promise. One again, God’s plans are in His promises. I’m going to bring you back and bless you, just know that. Jacob, still in his rebellion, bargains with God. If You do this, then I’ll do that. That doesn’t stop God even though it will hurt Jacob. When it’s all said and done, Jacob will have a heart-broken wife, unloved and unloving children and a heart pierced with pain. But there will be God’s promise. It will take faith to possess that promise and we know from Hebrews 11 that Jacob died in faith. When God wants to change our fate, He addresses our faith., not necessarily our flesh. The best way to break out of the old is to believe in the new. We say, “show me and I’ll believe.” God says, “Believe and I will show you.” God never takes His promises away, but only those who live by faith come away with His promises.