We live in a world of constant change. Technology develops faster than one can blink an eye. World views change, feelings and emotions change, weather changes, new scientific discoveries and theories change the way we view the world, even the way that we view truth. It all changes. So in a world that is ever changing, what can we put our hope in? We need a source of consistency. And this source is Jesus.
In the Old Testament, we see a similar phraseology occurring when God reintroduced Himself and His promises to His people: I am the God of Abraham, Issaac, and Jacob. God spoke this to many of His people. Not only that but we also see it being brought up in the New Testament. Today we want to specifically look at the life of Jacob.
Jacob was the younger son of Isaac and the grandson of Abraham. He tricked his father into bestowing the family blessing on him, instead of his older brother Esau. Because of this, Jacob had to flee from Esau’s wrath, to the country of Haran. This is where we pick up our story.
10 Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! 13 And 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. 14 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 in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, 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.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” – Genesis 28:10-17
So just picture it. You are Jacob. You have tirelessly been running from your brother who wants to kill you. You are exhausted, scared, and even maybe regretful of what you’ve done. In this state, you fall into a deep, dream like state in the middle of the desert, and boom. God shows up.
And God did. He reiterated to Jacob that the promise that Abraham, and Isaac had received beforehand was now being passed on to him, and through him that promise would continue to be passed down the line. The promise included offspring, God’s continual presence, and God’s promise of fulfillment.
When God reiterated the promise to Jacob, His purpose was simple. To remind Jacob, that in spite of the circumstances, that He and His promise never changed. That nothing Jacob could do would change His love and provision. That nothing man could do would thwart His plans. God was the same God to Abraham and Isaac as he was now to Jacob. And that was great comfort to Jacob.
16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
As this understanding was important to Jacob, so it is to us. God is with us. He will continue to be with us. And that will never change.
Mass shootings, like what happened in Orlando, do not negate the Father’s love and goodness. Our own sinfulness cannot repeal His grace and blood that was shed. The world cannot shut God out, nor change Him. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
This is encouraging because so much of our world is changing. We fear the upcoming election because of the people that are stepping into power. We fear the world our children will grow up in. We fear many things because things that we once banked on are now changing.
But God comes to us and says, I am the same God. I am the same God who parted the Red Sea. I am the same God who overcame sin by my death and resurrection. I am the same God who has been with my people from the beginning. My power, my love, my grace, my kingdom. They are constant. Immovable. Unbreakable. And I am with you always.
May we take comfort in a God who never changes in the midst of a world of constant change.
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