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Verse for Today: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Genesis 32:30 – So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”
Divine reassurances to man come in the form of prophetic word from God’s servants, written Word, Spirit-to-spirit talk, revelation of God’s glory, visions, dreams and also face-to-face encounter. His personal encounters with His servants are to assure, reassure, strengthen, encourage and forewarn His children in their walk with Him. God comes back often to speak to people over and over again to encourage and equip them to keep going when the going gets tough. God had several such encounters with Jacob before Peniel. But he reached a stage when there was dire need for a face-to-face encounter with God. It was to renew divine promises and reassure its fulfillment. Abraham, Jacob and Moses were specially privileged to see God face to face through special revelation. The revelation of the glory of God led them to keep going during great challenges in their lives. When there was absolutely nothing in their hands as tangible evidence, it was possible for discouragement and disillusionment to set in, followed with doubt, confusion and even unbelief. But during their moments of desperation, God of glory revisited them. When their circumstances were totally against them and when it was impossible to have faith, the revealed glory of God led them forward to accomplish His purpose in their lives. When they were tempted to quit or to digress into detours, the glory of the Lord pulled them back to the right track to keep going. Jacob was revisited by the Lord of glory to fortify him because Jacob had miles to go in his life of faith. The face-to-face encounter of Jacob is a challenge for us to see the glory of the risen, glorified and enthroned Lord through His Word and take courage and strength from His never-changing promises to keep going.
Dear reader, are you at the threshold of a new chapter in your life of faith? Is your faith under attack from the world which demands tangible evidence for your trust in the invisible God and His unfathomable power? Perhaps the long waiting time and the seeming inordinate delays in life make you also puzzled about the promises of God. You might be entering the Peniel of your life in the midst of uncertainties and depravity. But you will not come out of Peniel the way you entered. The God of glory is waiting there to give you a face-to-face encounter to renew His promises which He had made to you at Bethel, Paddan Aram and during your return journey. You probably had quality preparation at your Paddan Aram for the new chapters in your life which are about to be revealed. God has great things in store for you in your unfolding tomorrows. In your Paddan Arams of the yesteryears, you had touched many lives and God used it to demonstrate how He was your anchor and how He made you a blessing. God showed the world how He blesses His chosen vessels because everything Jacob touched turned to be a blessing. But God lifted Jacob up as His prince and elevated him to be able to even bless Pharaoh. Soon you will reach a stage to become a greater blessing to others because God has such great plans in store for you. The uncertainties that the world sees in your life are merely the intermissions God has planned for greater accomplishments for His glory. So dear friend, take courage and continue to meet with your Lord on a daily basis to gaze and marvel at His glory as revealed in His Word. He comes to you today to renew His promises and revitalize your life of faith as you dwell in your Peniel and get yourself enthralled by His glorious power.
Genesis 35:9 – After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him.
Thought for Today
Our daily encounters with God recharge our spiritual battery to empower, enrich and enable us to live by faith.
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