2009-06-08 - Give: A Four-Letter Word We Should Use
At times, it may be difficult to avoid hearing offensive four-letter words, but there are some words God intended for blessing and peacefulness. Over the next several Sundays, we'll look at some four-letter words that can help us stay more grounded, and learn more about God's goodness and the importance of positiveness.
He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the Earth, with its top reaching to Heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. (Genesis 28:12)
The sun had set, and it was time for Jacob to say good night to the day. He used a stone as a pillow and fell asleep. It wasn't the most comfortable sleep, but oh, what a dream.
Jacob remembered it distinctly and talked about it in Genesis 28. He saw a stairway or a type of ladder that reached from Earth to Heaven. On each rung, there were angels going up and down. Above the ladder stood the Lord, and He talked with His servant. He told Jacob that He was His God, and that Jacob's descendants would be well spread out; every person would be blessed.
Can God's words be true? God said He would be with Jacob wherever he went, and He wouldn't leave Jacob until he accomplished what He promised. What a fabulous dream. God said some amazing things. Jacob vowed right there and then, that if God watched over him on this trip and provided for his needs, including safety, then God would be his God, and Jacob would give Him back a tenth of what he has given to him. Jacob had no misgivings of giving back to the Lord. It seemed only fair, since it is His to begin with.
Lord, I stake my claim on the promises You gave to Jacob, You will also declare for me. You will be with me wherever I go, until I accomplish what You have ordained me to do. In Jesus'name I pray, Amen.