Are you standing up for others? Do you realize God is standing up because He wants to be in relationship with you? Do you realize you can trust God’s Word is true which means you can rely, depend upon, expect His promises to come true?
Today’s reading starts with Jacob seeing God standing…
13And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring.
–from Genesis 28
God wants to be involved in where we are at! He wants to speak truth and life and help lead us and guide in our efforts! Do you realize why He has called you to the position you are in today? Do you realize why He has given you the gifts, the talents, and the promises He has today? Not because you are all that, but because He loves you and His grace is more than enough! He doesn’t have to be standing because of worry or stress, He is only standing because He wants to be with us! He has it all under control and is able to rule as the ultimate king sitting down which is how we find Him described in most of the Bible. We see Him standing in two other verses while pronouncing judgment (Amos 9:1 and Isaiah 3:13), but the rest of the time we see Him ruling from His throne as king and ruler!
So will receive the gift of God? Will you accept the gift of His grace? What will it take and how far will you have to go before you turn back to Him like the prodigal son did realizing the love of the Father?
Today’s reading continues with…
15Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
–from Genesis 28
Accept God! Ask Jesus into your heart! Receive the promise! Walk with Him daily so that you aren’t trying or needing to do it all on your own! Believe in Him! Trust in Him! Live it out as it matters to you!
If we lived like we say (Motto – In God We Trust) – to the point of keeping it on everything so we don’t forget, imagine the impact and the difference! Take a look around where people are trying to remove it! Consider the loss and the detriment it is producing! We need God! We need to have and build our relationship with Him so that we can become more and more like Jesus in how we live our lives!
Today’s Devotional from day 4 in God at Work, we get to read the following:
When God Stands
I love it that God reminds me of His promises. It’s also what He does for Jacob. Above the angels, at the top of the ladder, at the entrance to heaven was the Lord Himself. Genesis 28:13 says, “And behold, the LORD stood above it.”
The text makes the point that God “stood.” This is one of the only places in Scripture where we see God standing. Almost every time we see God in Scripture, He’s sitting down. And you know why He’s sitting down? Because He can! God is ruling the universe with His feet up! He’s not stressed, He’s not pacing back and forth. He’s the King! And He’s ruling!
There are a few instances like Amos 9:1 and Isaiah 3:13 that describe God standing in awesome judgment, but the rest of the time, when God does stand, He is reaching out to you and me for relationship. That’s what brings God off the throne—relationship. And here in Genesis 28:13, He stands for Jacob, reaching out to him and communicating His promise of relationship.
What is God saying? He’s saying, “I will never change. Do you remember what I was like for your grandfather? I’m still just like that. And think about your father Isaac and My faithfulness to him. I haven’t changed.” He never changes.
And God hasn’t changed in His thoughts toward you. He stands ready to participate in His relationship with you in ways you can hardly imagine!
Prayer: Oh Father, there is no reason in me that would cause You to reach out toward me—only Your amazing love and grace toward one You created and have chosen to redeem. Let me thank You in worship; let me thank You with my life. Let me pass my moments with the enduring idea that You stand attentively over me. Thank You for Your faithfulness, Lord unto me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
–from God at Work from James MacDonald (Day 4)