Come Journey with Jacob. Is This Word for You?
You and I are on a journey through this life. What are some things we can do to make it a good one? Read Genesis 35:1-5 with me and let’s see what we can learn from Jacob’s journey.
Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.” So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.” So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem. Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.
What God said to Jacob, He says to us today: “Go, remember, repent, and worship.”
Go. The time is now. Don’t stay where you are. Move forward. I am with you, and I will lead you to the desired destination.
Remember who I am and all I have done for you. I have not changed, and I am always faithful.
Repent. Get rid of the sin that weighs you down and holds you back like a weight tied around your neck (Hebrews 12:1). Bury it and never go back; and by the way, lead your family and those for whom you are responsible to do the same.
Worship me, for I alone am worthy.
Furthermore, God says to us, “Hear my word to you today and obey me. I know the plans I have for you, and they are good. Trust me for I will never leave you alone. As I protected Jacob I will protect you, and your enemies will not pursue you.”
Dig a little deeper: Ex. 14:15; Ps. 77:11; Rev. 3:3; 1 Chron. 16:29; Is. 50:10; John 14:23; Ps. 32:7; Jer. 29:11; Deut. 31:6.