Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Genesis 30-33.
“Jacob then named the place Peniel, “For I have seen God face to face,” he said, “yet my life has been spared.” Genesis 32:30, CSB
A crisis arose for Jacob in Genesis 32:24-32. Jacob’s wrestles with an angelic being, who was there representing God. This event brings Jacob to a crossroads. It’s a significant turning point in his life in which he experiences a life change. This change had to do with who Jacob would be in the future. His name is changed by God, to Israel, which means “God strives.” The previous chapters have revealed to us that he had lived as a deceiver. But now, in the middle of his wrestling match with the angelic being, he is blessed to be humbled.
What an awesome thing that so many people around the world are worshipping the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I write this devotion having experienced this first hand this week in Myanmar. I have met people who used to practice Islam and Buddhism. The now profess Christ as Lord of their life and have a desire for their families and cities to do the same. I was also struck with compassion for the many who have not yet heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. Myself and others on my mission team have had the opportunity to stand in front of groups of 30-60 people at a time and share with them the life changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The majority of these people are hearing this message for the very first time. My prayer would be that many in Myanmar, Thailand, and other places in the world would meet Jesus at a crossroads and choose to follow Him instead of the worthless false gods they currently serve. My prayer is that God would raise up many to share the gospel where they live and send them around the world. Jesus has promised that the harvest is plentiful, but sadly the laborers are few (Luke 10:2). The gospel truly leads us to a humbling crossroads. Will we believe? Will we be willing laborers of the gospel of Jesus?