August 9th, 2017
God Directs Steps and Stopovers
Genesis 35:1 (KJB) And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
God did not give Jacob a choice in this matter of flagrant idolatry. He commanded Jacob to go to Bethel. It was not to be a stopover, but to be a dwelling place for him. Jacob was not going there to sit on the sidelines, or relax and take a vacation with his family.
Jacob was to go to Bethel and make an altar for prayers and sacrifice unto God. God had specific instructions for Jacob. He told him where to go and what to do once he arrived for being successful removing the propensity for serving idolatry which was apparent in his family.
God is intimately familiar with our past, our immediate circumstances, and has divine foreknowledge about our future. He gives every man both precepts and commands, as well as both steps and stopovers for putting his life in better spiritual order.
God desires every man be obedient both inwardly and outwardly with his life. However, God does not force any man to follow His will for their life.
Jacob heard God and chose to be obedient. He went to Bethel prayerfully seeking His help in removing the idolatry which had a strong spiritual hold on his family. Only God’s “spiritual prescription” can renounce and remove ungodly adoration, bringing Him the honor and glory He deserves.