Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Focus verses: Genesis 32:22-32

Jacob is on shaky ground. He leaves his father-in-law surreptitiously and is uncertain about the reception he will receive from Esau when he returns home. And he has earned the negative consequences on both ends.

But those consequences never seem to materialize. What actually happens is that in a moment of solitude, he finds himself wrestling with God.

Did you notice that our encounters with God seem to come when we have been in the wrong and when we are alone?

It is only in solitude that we can hear the voice of the Lord as He seeks to deal with us. In this instance, Jacob is rewarded because he continues to wrestle with God until daybreak, not giving up or giving in, but literally wrestling his way through to a blessing.

How often do we seek solitude where we can hear the voice of the Lord? Especially when we have been in the wrong, we find it easier to avoid the solitude with Him. Besides, it's difficult in our busy lives with multiple interruptions to set aside time for God. But this time of solitude with the Lord is essential to our growth and finding His blessings in our lives.

When was the last time you set aside time for the Lord? And what was the outcome? When can you do it again?

Father, God,

Help us to prioritize our lives so the You come first. Time with You needs to be set aside first on our calendars. Save us from taking You for granted and show us your blessings.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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