Monday, July 4, 2011
And behold ...
Oh Lord, that I would behold. Grant me vision, hearing, understanding and a heart that I would behold.
Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God ...
After the Jacob's dream, the promises he received from God and the majesty of the place, Jacob seems to restate the covenant as if it's his to make. "If God ... and if God ... then He will be my God," loosely translated.
Does this young man not yet get that God is still God with or without his assent. Had he not heard the story of Abe and Isaac on the mountain!
And what about the tremendous promises God had made him? Was being in the "alpha" position so important to Jake that he had to set the terms, even to the extent of losing some major perks from the Perk-Granting God? I don't understand his response.
Oh Lord God of Heaven and Earth, I thank You for Your promises and Your perks. I acknowledge that if Heaven's spyglass were turned to my life, the same observations could be made about me. You are God. You are my God. And You are God in Heaven, here am I on earth; let my words be few. Please stop me from trying to redefine Your promises, from setting the tone and stage for Your glory and from attempting to let You be my God. May I never stray from being Your daughter and serving You. Oh, that it would be a faithful service. May I behold You and Your glory, may I receive from Your hand, Your mouth, Your plan just what You give and may I be gracious always.