20 September 2020

When You Least Expect It 

“‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!’
But he was also afraid and said, ‘What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!’ The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it.”
Genesis 28:16-18 (NLT)

Have you heard the expression: “Expect it when you least expect it”? People say this about romance or maybe some sort of financial blessing. They are saying that when we stop looking for something or stop trying to control an outcome, the situation resolves itself.

The Bible records people who found this to be true. In the Old Testament, when Isaac was old and dying, he wanted to give his special blessing to his firstborn son, Esau. But the younger son, Jacob, disguised himself as Esau and tricked their dying father into blessing him instead. This created conflict between Esau and Jacob. In fact, Esau said he was going to kill Jacob. So their mother, Rebekah, sent Jacob away to her brother’s. On his way, Jacob stopped for the night. He used a stone for a pillow, and that night, he had an incredible dream where God said he would bless him lavishly. Next morning, the scripture quoted above records what he said.

Jacob wasn’t expecting to meet God in a dream, especially when he had lied and tricked his brother out of the firstborn blessing. Yet God showed up when Jacob least expected it. Jacob’s response was fear; okay, he might have been feeling a little guilty about what he did, but he took that stone and created a memorial pillar. He poured oil on it as an offering because he wanted to remember that God showed up when he least expected it, and according to some, when he least deserved it.

Maybe we can recall times when God has showed up for us. Following Jacob’s example, we can memorialise these in our minds to help us remember how God showed up when we least expected it.

Prayer
Gracious Father, we are mostly heedless when it comes to spiritual discernment. So please help us to properly recognise such encounters and to remember them to encourage ourselves and others. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Presented by Heber Ticas

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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ ( https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Heber Ticas is an Elder in Grace Communion International and is the Superintent of the Churches in Latin America. He also serves as the National Coordinator for Church Multiplication in the United States.

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