Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Genesis 27-29.
The Lord was standing there beside him, saying, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your offspring the land on which you are lying. 14 Your offspring will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out toward the west, the east, the north, and the south. All the peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 Look, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. I will bring you back to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28:13-15, CSB
Anyone else besides me have an imperfect family? Everyone’s family has faults and have experienced issues. While we all have that in common, the difference is that some walk around with deeper scars than others. The story of Jacob and Isaac is an interesting one to be sure. Talk about sibling rivalry. Talk about division within a family as deep as a chasm. Biblical families, especially this one, provide us an example of family dysfunction. I highlighted the above verses because it shows us that in spite of any family dysfunction that might exist in your family, God’s presence is still active on this earth and He works in, through, and beyond your family circumstances to use you for His kingdom. I am thankful for my family, but more thankful for God’s active presence in my life to do only what He could do.
God is at work all around you no matter if your family circumstances were ideal or anything less than ideal.
After hearing the words from God in Genesis 28:13-15, Jacob names the place Bethel, meaning “House of God.” This signified God’s presence in Jacob’s life. Let this encourage you and lead you to thank the Lord for his acts of grace in your life to lead you to be in His will. Be on the lookout for God’s presence and work in your own life. Thank the Lord for actively doing things in your life that your mom, dad, siblings, or other members of your family could not come close to doing.