I must confess, as much as I love the story of Israel (Jacob) and his family, I become sad as we near the end of it. It is such a beautiful story of God caring for His chosen children. Today’s verses stood out for me as a wise lesson from Israel for his family and to us today. He has heard the amazing news that Joseph, his dearest son, is alive and well in Egypt and bids his father to come to him. Before he sets out on the journey to Egypt, Israel chooses first to seek counsel from Almighty God at Beersheba, as did his father and grandfather before him.
It certainly is worth noting that Israel followed the prayerful habits of his father and grandfather in the same sanctified place as they did. He comes before God reverently, bringing sacrifices. There would be no journey without first consulting the Almighty, and certainly no journey if He said no. These are prayers that God delights in answering, and He does in Israel’s case.
Dear Reader, not only did God hear Israel’s prayer, but He went with Him, promising to keep His covenant with Israel’s family. May we learn from Israel in our walk with God today; that before any decisions or journeys, we, too, will seek God in prayer. Seek Him reverently as Israel did, and He will go with you where His Spirit leads you.
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Devotional Treasures
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