January 15

Genesis 31:17-32:12;Matthew 10:24-11:6;Psalm 13:1-6; Proverbs 3:16-18

What do you do when all you have is a promise? Jacob was told by God to head home. He endured all of Laban’s trickery and was now headed to the land of his father, Isaac and grandfather, Abraham.

On his journey home, Laban shows up once again to harass him. Jacob stands firm in his conviction to leave and return home; and then sends word to his estranged brother that he is heading back home. When his servants return, they bring unwelcome news: Esau is on his way with 400 troops!

In Jacob’s mind, Esau was ready to take his revenge and settle the score. How could this be? God told him to come home, now his brother is advancing with an army. Surely, Jacob was second-guessing God’s instruction.

Are you committed to holding your course once you have heard from God? It is important to understand that hearing from God and acting on it is only the first step. Your resolve will be tested.

The presence of opposition or hindrances does not mean you misheard God. In fact, the opposite is true. Resistance means you are on the right track. When all you have is a promise, that’s all you need. Trust the promises that God has given you. He will make them happen in your life!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 32:13-34:31; Matthew 11:7-30; Psalm 14:1-7; Proverbs 3:19-20