His Great Promises
Read Genesis 34:1 through 36:43
There [Jacob] built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother (Genesis 35:7).
Jacob stumbled upon Bethel one night while fleeing from his brother Esau. Using a stone as a pillow, Jacob lay down and dreamt of angels traveling a heavenly staircase. He would always remember the great promises God have him at this place—numerous descendants, land, and God’s presence (Genesis 28).
Years later, when he prepared to face Esau once again, Jacob reminded God of His promises (Genesis 32:12). How could Jacob have descendants like “sand of the sea” if Esau, in anger, wiped them all out? God graciously answered Jacob’s prayer for protection. Later, Jacob returned to Bethel and renewed his commitment to the God who makes—and keeps—such great promises.
When challenged with a problem, whether physical, spiritual, or financial, God’s people can do no better than to plead His great promises.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to believe Your promises and receive Your blessings in my life.
Quicklook: Genesis 35:1–8
—Charles Earl Harrel
Pray that God would secure the peace of Jerusalem.
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