Thursday, 11 February 2016
Jacob did not want to forget his encounter with God (Genesis 28:10-22).
I once built an altar of remembrance too, with three stones, marking my encounters with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit …
Today, through Joni Eareckson Tada (JET), God asked, “What reminds you of growth in your life?”
I remember collecting diplomas and had felt proud of myself! That is normal (of the world) because we need to present our achievements especially when we apply for jobs.
JET: Do you have some tangible reminder of how far you’ve come and how far you need to go? Be it a birthday tree, a photograph, or whatever, God wants you to be reminded of how he has met with you and touched your life.
I remember Jacob even wrestled with God! (Genesis 32:22-32) How awesome!
My Bible tells me that God changed Jacob’s name to Israel because he had struggled with God and with men and had overcome. (Genesis 32:28)
Theophan the Recluse: When remembrance of God lives in the heart and there maintains the FEAR of HIM, then all goes well; but when this remembrance grows weak or is kept only in the head, then all goes astray.
YL: It is easy to forget about God when everything is fine ...
Dear God, I would never want to forget You. Each day is a gift from You. Thank You for giving me life. My family is a gift from You. Thank You for guiding me in my relationships. My children are wonderful gifts from You. Truly, each child is a miracle! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from You. You are the Father of the heavenly lights. You do not change like shifting shadows. You chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of first fruits of all You created. (James 1:17-18)
Father, we will not merely listen to the word, and so deceive ourselves. We will do what it says.
Lam Yee Ling