Monday, January 18

God talked with him

Scripture: Genesis 35-36, Luke 18

Genesis 35:13–15 Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him. 14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.

Observation

God talked with him.  

That phrase is repeated 3 times in 3 verses at the end of this story.  God talked with Jacob and renewed the covenant that He had made with Abraham, Isaac, and now Jacob, whom He renamed Israel.  God promised Jacob that nations would descend from him and that God would give him and his descendants the land of Canaan.  It was momentous!

Application

I know that this was a special occasion—the Lord renewing the Abrahamic covenant with Jacob.  Having acknowledged that, I am encouraged by the fact that God talked with Jacob, and I believe that He talks with me.  He is the God who speaks.

In 1 Corinthians 12:2, Paul says that the Corinthians used to worship “mute idols,” a contrast with the God who speaks.  This was a common theme in the Old Testament as well, where idols were described as having mouths but cannot speak (Psalm 115:5, 135:16, Jeremiah 6:8), while the living God speaks with His people through the prophets, angels and directly.  

God talks with us.  He speaks through Scripture, creation, other people, spiritual gifts, experience, and the “still small voice”—the whisper of Spirit in our hearts and minds.  My job is to listen.  Be attentive.  

I’m in the first day of my new life!  It’s very important to me to hear from God.  I’m asking Him to speak, and I’m listening.  

Prayer: Speak Lord, your servant is listening.  I want to talk with You—and want You to talk with me!