“God is in this place and I did not know it” – Jacob
It’s funny, you can be a central character in the Bible and not realise God is there. Present. Working. Moving. You can have Him pulling all the strings, orchestrating His master plan and at the same time have absolutely no idea He is at work.
I have always found that fascinating. Often I made the assumption that I knew when God was at work. I had heard people speak of the times ‘God moved’ or showed up and they always filled the expected brief.
God is there all along and Jacob is just unaware. How aware are you and I?
How alive are we to what God is doing here and now.
Jacob had stolen everything from his brother, fleed his wrath and possibly that of his father who he had deceived to rob his brother.
He stands on a precipice, overlooking new lands, cultures, worldviews that will not hold dear his own. He doesn’t even have any assurance that leaving his home will cause the blessing not to work. Tribal mentalities tended to attribute deities over regions. It was about the land, the dirt under one’s feet that defined who was running tings. When gone he will not be receiving the power, wealth an influence from his father after all.
He has a dream God comes down and reaffirms the promises of Abraham and his father. Causing him to say…
God is in this place and I did not know it…
The crazy thing is the place he is in. His life is messed up to the max.
God is in this mess that I am in and I did not perceive it…
It is not just the place geographically, but also the place that he finds his life in. How often do you and I look at our lives and make assumptions about what God is or is not doing?
What moment are you in that you need to see, hear, understand, experience or realise that HE is in THIS place.