Did you know that just because you choose to follow God doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy street? Consider it pure joy throughout the journey! The new testament even tells us in two different verses that we will have challenges and trials:
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” –from John 16:33
2Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. –from James 1
The road may seem rough or the path may seem tough, but God can work in and through that! He can work not only in your life but also through generations! We aren’t called to be average or ordinary, God’s desire is for us to live special, above average, and extraordinary lives!
Today’s Reading speaks to just such a person who was called to a higher calling:
1Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. 2Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. 3God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples.
–from Genesis 28
God can use your parents to speak life and wisdom into your life! God can use them to speak direction because you are special and God’s purpose for you is unique! Greater than we may ever know in our own lifetime!
As we learned yesterday, we need to Trust God! As He works in and through our lives, we need to walk with Him and trust that He will work it all out for good as His Word promises when it says as part of His plan!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
— from Jeremiah 29:11
And when He speaks of how he will reward those who seek Him
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
–from Hebrews 11:6
So will you trust Him? Will you seek Him? Will you follow Him?
Today’s Devotional comes from day 2 of God at Work and speaks to this subject as follows:
God at Work
God is at work even when the path is tough. The first point to make when we look at the story of any person in the Bible is: God is at work. The Bible is His Word and it’s a record of His work! Oh yeah, God is always at work. That’s what Jacob was learning when we catch up with him in Genesis 28. Notice verse 1.Well, you remember Isaac, right? Abraham, Isaac, Jacob—the father, son, and grandson God used to start a new nation. Isaac told his son, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women.”
God sovereignly appointed Jacob, though born second, to get the birthright and the firstborn’s blessing, through whom all the descendants of the nation of Israel would be built. Jacob eventually had twelve sons who fathered the twelve tribes of Israel.
It’s not surprising then that God didn’t want him to have any ordinary random wife. God wanted him to have a treasure, a wife to value and love. So, Isaac sent his son on a road trip. In Genesis 28:2 he must have thought, “Hey, that place was good enough for your grandfather to find a wife, that place was good enough for me, it’s good enough for you. Get over there and get yourself a wife.”
God is working in your life. Deal with it. Trust Him. Always leave room for Him to direct. And when the road gets rough, thank Him for being with you!
Prayer: Father, I realize that You have often steered my life through the counsel and even the commands of others. I appreciate that behind my parents and others in authority in my life, you have often demonstrated control so that afterwards I saw that their directions to me were actually Your directions! I look forward to eternity partly to be able to see all the ways You were working that I never even noticed. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
–from God at Work from James MacDonald (day 2)