“Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. And when Jacob saw him, he said, ‘This is God’s camp!’ Genesis 32
After 20 years near his Uncle Laban in Haran, Jacob followed God’s call to “return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you.” He was at a crossroads–on his way, but “greatly afraid and distressed”at the dread of meeting his estranged brother Esau. What did he do? He prayed, he practically planned and moved forward, and he wrestled with God at Peniel. He acknowledged God’s high place and authority, and claimed His promises.
We claim His promises by trusting His character to fulfill His true word. We exercise faith when we proceed in obedience. And when we get alone and wrestle with God, seek His face, and tenaciously press on to know Him, we are changed, and blessed.
Do I acknowledge my crossroads, my places of transition and fear and obedience, as God’s camp?
O God, may Your character and Your promises compel me to pray with faith, obey with courage, and cling to You in humility and gratitude.