“Then Jacob woke up and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it…This memorial pillar will become a place for worshiping God, and I will give God a tenth of everything he gives me.’ “
Genesis 28:16, 22, NIV
Jacob was the black sheep of the patriarchs. His resume’ was filled with many questionable incidents. Today’s passage finds Jacob running from the consequences of his actions and falling asleep at a place called Bethel. While he was asleep, God revealed Himself in a personal way. It was then that the God of his Father became his personal God too.
Before we see how this ‘destiny moment’ changed his perspective about giving, let us look at the point where God showed up in Jacob’s life.
GOD REVEALS HIMSELF WHEN WE ARE AT THE END OF OURSELVES. Jacob’s scheming and trickery had brought him nothing but failure and rejection. When he stopped running and fell asleep at Bethel, he had nothing. It is when you are at the end of your rope that God reveals Himself to you in a personal way.
GOD REVEALS HIMSELF WHEN WE ARE ALONE. Silence is worse than a prison when we are not right with God. God came to Moses when he was alone with his flocks in Midian. God came to Isaiah while he was alone in the temple praying. God uses the time we are alone to reveal Himself, because that is when He has our undivided attention.
Jacob was forever changed at Bethel. When God became personal to him, he immediately vowed to give God a tenth of everything. This personal encounter with God changed Jacob from a taker in life to a giver. Personal encounters with God result in changed lives.
QUESTION: Has God revealed Himself to you? Do you give him your undivided attention?