If I'm being honest--which is something I'm going to strive to do as I write this weekly blog--I've found myself struggling to pull deep challenges from these scriptures as I've read through the stories of Abraham's sons and desendents. I find myself scratching my head and asking lots of questions that probably don't matter. And then I come here and read the reflection from our staff and I'm just so encouraged by what we are doing here. For some of us, it may be a challenge just to stay on track of the reading plan as is, but I would like to encourage you to check in here a few times a week and mine these posts for inspiration. We've heard the scriptures are alive and breathing and the power of discussing and researching together is a powerful tool that can bring our readings to absolute life as we seek to digest and apply. Today, I had to smile at the promise God makes to Jacob in his dream at Bethel (Gen 28:10-17). "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. ... I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." It's what I spoke on last Sunday, and it's one of the most comforting characteristics of Christ in our lives. He will NEVER leave us or forsake us. There is not a single situation you will face between now and the time you die that lives outside of "NEVER!" God will be present at all times in your life, in full. It's an amazing promise and one we should daily embrace.
Bethel means "house of God." God dwells within us. We are never apart from the house of the Lord. He is with each and every one of us. Always. Waiting for our communion, our friendship, our passion and our company. Today, let's meet Him where He's already at.