And the Lord stood beside Jacob 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; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that 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.” Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place!
- Do you often remember your dreams? Can you name a particular dream that changed your behavior?
- Have you ever intentionally sought an experience or feeling of God? Did you find it when you were looking for it? Have you had one when you weren’t looking for it?
- I wonder what part of God’s words to Jacob led him to understand the Lord was in this place.
- Have you ever been fearful for your future only to be reassured by someone you trust? What did they say that made the difference?
Jacob is on the run and worried about his future. His family life is a mess, his birthright and blessing seem of little use to him right now. All he knows is that his life isn’t going back to normal anytime soon; sound familiar? What Jacob finds is something he wasn’t looking for; does that sound familiar to you?
Join us Sunday night at 6 pm on Zoom (Download Bulletin) as we gather to say prayers, listen to the story of God meeting Jacob, and look for God in our midst.
Image: 7.14.20 – Photo of comet NEOWISE by Bill Peters.