January 13

Discover Your Destiny...Like Jacob

“When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it…and this stone that I have setup as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” Genesis 28:16, 22 

Today's passage finds Jacob running from the consequences of his actions and falling asleep at a place called Bethel. While he was asleep, God revealed Himself to him in a personal way. It was then that the God of his fathers became his personal God too.

Before we see how this destiny moment changed his perspective about giving, let's look at the point where God showed up in Jacob's life.

God reveals Himself when we are at the end of ourselves. Jacob's scheming and trickery had brought him nothing but failure and rejection. When he stopped running and fell asleep at Bethel, he had nothing. It is when you are at the end of your rope that God reveals Himself to you in a personal way.

God reveals Himself when we are alone. God came to Moses when he was alone with his flocks in Midian. God came to Isaiah while he was alone in the temple praying. God uses the times we are alone to reveal Himself, for usually, that is when He has our undivided attention.

Jacob was forever changed at Bethel. When God became personal to him, he immediately vowed to give God a tenth of everything. This personal encounter with God changed Jacob from a taker in life to a giver. Personal encounters with God result in changed lives.

Prayer For today: Lord Jesus, we pray that each of us at Good Shepherd will experience a personal relationship with You. Help us so that our lives will be transformed by Your grace. Reveal Yourself to us, so that our faith will deepen, and we will obediently and gladly give of ourselves and our possessions to further Your Kingdom. Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”