“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it!”
Most of us have made that astonished confession at least once. For Jacob, the realization came during a crisis.
Jacob was a young single adult who had never thought much about God. He heard the stories of how father Isaac and grandfather Abraham met the Lord, but God was irrelevant to his life. It wasn’t that he had considered God and rejected him: he had never really considered God. He wasn’t an atheist: he had simply never seen the relevance on his life of God’s existence. But then he met the Lord that his father and grandfather had talked about, and he exclaims, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it!” (Genesis 28:16)
Maybe that needs to be your confession:
“The Lord is in my home and I was not aware of it!”
“The Lord is in my diagnosis and I was not aware of it!”
“The Lord is at work in my city and up to this point I’ve written it off as a place to suffer through and escape.”
“The Lord is in my rebellion and I was not aware of it!”
My car’s side mirror warns, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” God really is closer than you think. In the mid-19th century Frederick Hosmer wrote:
O Thou, in all Thy might so far,
In all Thy love so near,
Beyond the range of sun and star,
And yet beside us here.
We all need a fresh reminder that God is active and involved in life. So, go study Jacob in Genesis 28, who met God in his daily routine when he wasn’t looking for God.
Then go examine Elisha’s servant in 2 Kings 6, who met God in a crisis when he really needed divine help.
Then there’s the pagan king Belshazzar in Daniel 5, who met God when he didn’t want to.
Finally, take a look at the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19, who met God in a time of burnout and disappointment.
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