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God Will Meet You Where You Are
Next we read in Gen. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
And if that is correct, then we can contrast it with the tower of Babel, in Gen. But our efforts to reach heaven with our works and with our good deeds are never effective.
Jesus said in John 1: He is our access to heaven.
He is the means by which heaven comes down to us and by which we can go to heaven. Jesus does not show us a way; He is the way. Ultimately, it was Jesus Christ who bridged the gap between heaven and earth.
It is through Him that God has come down to man. It is only through Him that you and I can have access to God.
Open yourself to the One who has already come down to us, to meet our deepest needs. Notice also that when God speaks to Jacob, He does not rebuke Jacob for the shameful and deceitful things he has done to his brother or father. Instead He speaks words of promise and blessing and encouragement! What a gracious and loving God! We often think God is unhappy with us, yet the truth is He loves us and wants to speak words of encouragement and grace to us.
Think for just a moment about how much you love your children or grandchildren. Do you think a perfect and loving God loves you any less? No, instead of rebuking Jacob, the Lord gives him wonderful promises. Think of all the needs that these promises of God address directly to Jacob and indirectly to us, in Christ Feelings of shame and betrayal: Nevertheless, I am the God of your fathers and I will not fail, even when you do.
God Will Meet You Where You Are - The Praying Woman
I can be trusted. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth. Jacob, I know your family relationships are strained but I will give you many other descendants.
It may not seem that way right now, but I will use you. So the Lord says to him: It was a promise that God later repeated to Moses Ex. What can man do to me? You may be on the verge of a mental collapse; but although you cannot sense it, God is with you right now. You may be quite ill. You may be misunderstood by your friends. You may be abandoned by a husband, a wife, or your children.
You may have lost a job. You may be discouraged.Coldplay - The Scientist
You may feel that no one will ever care for you again. And I am faithful even when you are unfaithful. I will make good on all my promises in Christ. He is faithful, forever! Now God speaks all of these promises to Jacob, of all people. Why does God choose Jacob? Because God loves to use the weak and foolish people of this world 1 Cor. He does this to shame the wise and strong, so that He gets all the glory. God gives no reproaches nor makes any demands; He only supplies a stream of assurances flowing from His grace: What can I do?
And he knew from eternity past that you would disobey him and go your own way, so he planned for it. He knew Adam and Eve would sin even before he made them, and before he ever created the world in which they would live he arranged a perfect plan to reclaim them and their sinful descendants for himself. He knew about our sinful self-will before he drew the blueprint for our lives.
And now he is able to weave even our past sins and failures into a future that will glorify himself. And he promises ultimately to use all of it to accomplish his own purposes. God can make even our sins to praise him, as strange as that may seem. Did you ever play the game in which one person scribbles a few lines on a piece of paper, then someone else has to draw a picture around it, using that meaningless scrawling as part of the picture?
God is a master at that! He is the Great Adapter. Before we were ever born, he anticipated any mess we might make of our lives, and improvised an alternative plan in which our disobedience itself would ultimately serve a useful purpose. Christ can take a shattered life and remake it into something more wonderful than it was before the wreckage. God has a plan for you from this point on, and it is the very best plan possible.
It may involve going back and doing what God wanted you to do in the first place, as it did with Jonah, who finally went to Nineveh, where God blessed his ministry. But if it is impossible for you to go back and start again, God has a perfect alternative.
You may have missed opportunities and joys that can never be recovered. But God has a plan for you to follow from this day forward that is absolutely perfect. It has to be, for it is his plan and he is perfect. Preoccupation with previous mistakes will only contribute to future failures. Follow the example of the Apostle Paul: How can we forget the brokenness and strife which our self-will has left in its wake?
There is only one possible way, and that is to confess our sins to God, forsake them fully, and then accept the gracious forgiveness which he offers. That was what David did. All my guilt is gone. He did the same thing for Jonah, and for Peter, and he wants to do it for you. If you will acknowledge your sin, you can enjoy the sweet assurance of his forgiveness. If you will put yourself at his disposal, he will take you right where you are, make something beautiful of your life, and begin to use you for his glory.
Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? When that desire is present, it brings assurance; when it is absent, it causes doubts. There the quality of his life will be exposed. What comes out into the open at that time will be the basis for his reward. The person who has done the will of God by the power of the Holy Spirit and for the glory of the Lord shall receive a reward. Think about it for a moment.
Being completely devoid of approval is more than most folks can bear. They long for some gracious word of praise. Living with no praise at all has led some into depression and despair.
Can you picture what it will be like before the judgment seat of Christ, when our precious Lord Jesus, in whom all of our joy and pleasure will be centered, will evaluate our lives? What will he say? The issue will not be primarily a matter of whether you went to church every Sunday or whether you gave a tenth of your income. It will be whether or not your will was fully yielded to Christ.
Were you available to do whatever he asked? What a horrible thought—to stand before the Lord Jesus Christ with shame, the shame of an entire lifetime misused, misdirected, wasted. That fear should grip our hearts and compel us to do the will of God. Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Everyone who competes in the game goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown of laurel that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. There are only three winners in each event. But the Christian race is different.
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Everybody can win if he wants to. In fact, the only way to lose is to decide to lose by resisting the will of God. Why be a loser when you can win and receive a reward? The reward itself should not be our principal motive, but the Scripture still tells us about it and encourages us to run in such a way as to obtain it. And again, it was Paul who mentioned it: And he died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them and was raised again.