If you are wondering why God is not speaking to you now, it might be that you are right where He wants you to be.
God spoke to Jacob when he was not where God wanted him to be and when it was time for him to move—there is nothing recorded in-between those times.
Think of it this way…children might ask their mother if they can play outside. “Yes,” the mother would say, “but only where I can see you in the yard.” When the children would go outside to play, the mother would have not reason to speak to them unless they were moving in a direction that she does not want them to go—like in the street. Then she would speak to them and call them back to the yard.
If you have a hard time hearing God lately, it may be that He has not been speaking. It may have nothing to do with you or your sin. It may just be that you are exactly where He wants you to be.
God can and will reach into any messed up family and, by His grace, bless and help and lead and guide and heal and strengthen and sovereignly accomplish His purpose—just as we saw in our study of Genesis 29 & 30 this past Sunday. Here’s a story of a really messed up family led by a man who was messed up more than most. And yet in the midst of this mess—this crazy mess—God enters in by His grace and blesses the mess Jacob found himself in. Listen to the message from Sunday.
God gave us His Word in the way that He did so that we could know Him and be prepared for the the next life in eternity with Him. So consider the way in which God gave us His Word…in sweeping landscapes of creation and redemption with poetry and prophecy and history, full of odd personalities that oddly mirror our own, even though they all lived so long ago.
So we should not expect to see some perfectly systematized and categorized theology as we work our way though the Word—and we should not always be looking for how we can improve upon this life as we work through the Word. Rather, we should look forward to getting to know God in God’s way, trusting that through His Word and in His way, God is preparing us for the life that is to come.
This means you can just read God’s Word for the pure joy of just being with Him, trusting that He will work through His Word in His way.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Somewhere along the way, Isaac stopped sowing seeds of faithfulness to God and started sowing seeds of laziness and selfishness. Sadly,Â his whole family followed his example. Tragically, his whole family started falling apart.
And yet…God did not abandon them. He didn’t cast them off and forsake them. He continued to pursue them and continued to extend to them His grace…even in the midst of their mess.
This past Sunday, we studied Genesis 28 and continued the cautionary tale of a family that fell apart and fell into sin. Listen to the message from Sunday or listen to past messages in our Genesis study.
“Behold, I am with you…”
There it is! That glorious phase, that glorious gift when God says, “I am with you.”
”I am with you…” in the midst of your mess, Jacob…heal catcher…schemer…sinner.
”I am with you. I never left you and I will never leave you. I will fulfill my promises to you. I will complete the work—the good work that I began in you.”
Isn’t God good? Isn’t God gracious when He meets with us in the midst of our mess and says the same to us? That glorious and gracious promise—“I am with you and I will be with you always, even to the end of the age.”
God’s presence in your life is not based upon your performance. It is based upon His promise. He is with you always…even to the end of the age.