Tuesday, December 2, 2014
December 2 – Don’t let time get the best of you
I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the sacred stone and made a vow to me. Now leave this land immediately and return to your native land. (Genesis 31:13 NET)
This short verse reveals how God never forgets the vows we make to Him, or His promises to us. It had been at least 20 long years since Jacob had run away from home. At that time he was a liar and a cheat, always trying to take possession of things by his own trickiness and strength, never through faith and trust in God. But one night, alone in the desert, all that changed. He saw a vision from God, and immediately got up the next morning and poured out the one precious possession he had, a flask of oil, on the stone he had rested his head on that night. As he did he made a vow to follow and obey God and asked God to take care of him on his journey and bring him back home in safety.
Twenty years later God refers to that night and remembers the anointed stone and the vow that had been spoken. No one else had been there to witness that vow, but God remembered, and was about to fulfill the last part of His promise by taking Jacob back home to his father’s house in safety. Jacob had left with nothing — no money, no reputation, no faith in God, no family — and was returning with an abundance of everything he had previously lacked, after years of being faithful and obedient to God.
Don’t get tired of following God or of keeping your promises to Him. He hasn’t forgotten what you promised Him, or what He has promised you! It doesn’t matter what things look like. As long as we continue to be faithful to Him, God will make sure His promises come true in our lives. Don’t get tired, don’t forget, don’t let time get the best of you, don’t let disappointments brainwash you. The God that remembered and took care of Jacob is our God too. Great things are awaiting you, just keep the faith!