I’ve chosen a longer passage today, so let’s jump right in. Anybody else loving Genesis right along with me? Reading it in pieces really makes new wisdom stand out. Want to share what you see? The comments are open!
Genesis 28:14-15 (GW)–Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth. You will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. Through you and through your descendants, every family on earth will be blessed. Remember, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. I will also bring you back to this land because I will not leave you until I do what I’ve promised you.
So, Jacob is on the run from his brother Esau. He’s just left behind everything and everyone he knows, even the mother who likely spoiled him slam rotten. He has his father’s blessing, but what good is it going to do him when he can’t even be there to receive it?
Ah… but what he doesn’t realize is he not only has his father’s blessing, he has the Father’s blessing. And as he rests, the vision of a ladder to heaven appears, and he hears the voice of God… blessing him. Yeah, Jacob messed up big time. He lied. He ran. He did flat wrong. But God actually lets him hear His voice and says, “Hey, you’re running now, but guess what, Son. I’m going to bring you right back here. And I’m going to make you a blessing to every single person on the earth.”
Wow. Can you imagine? Jacob’s at his lowest point… and he gets his highest vision.
If God’s mercy and grace isn’t evident right there, I don’t know how you can see it anywhere else. He doesn’t let Jacob wallow and suffer, even though the man deserves it. He shows right up and blesses him, gives him hope, shows him a plan so much greater than Jacob, who was, as it turned out, right where he needed to be.
See, we can’t screw up so bad God can’t find us and still lead us right where we need to be. We can’t run away from Him, because He finds us and brings us back… if we’re willing to follow. And as one who has had to fall on His mercy more times than I can count, aren’t we glad there’s grace? That we don’t have to ever hear him say, “Sorry. You messed up so bad I’m finished with you.” Oh, Jesus. Thank you, thank you, thank you.