Have you ever noticed that sometimes it’s just easy to think about all the things that stress you and make you afraid? Here’s the truth: what you’re thinking about has a lot of control on how your day’s going to go. What you’re thinking will do much to determine your mood. So, it’s absolutely important that you work hard to control what it is you’re thinking.
God made a pretty incredible promise to Jacob as Jacob was leaving his home and traveling to a place he’d never been. We all can relate to Jacob’s situation. We all go through seasons of going places, either physically or situationally, that we’ve never been. It’s in these seasons that the promise God made to Jacob resonates the loudest. Here’s what God said: “I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you.” (Gen. 28:15)
God’s promise to be with us is a promise that echoes from here through the rest of the biblical narrative—and it’s a promise in which we all can rest.
In early 2010 I sat in a meeting with church leaders. I had been a senior pastor for just over a year. We were having a meeting to discuss a new building that was to be constructed to house our church in the next year. This turned out to be one of the those meetings a pastor never forgets.
If you could choose between the two, who would you rather be Saul or David? If you know much of the Old Testament story of these two men I imagine you would reply David pretty quickly. Me too. I mean who doesn’t want to be the guy that drops a 9 foot tall giant with a rock to the forehead? Who doesn’t want to be the guy who’s considered to be the man after God’s own heart? Most would say, “sign me up,” right away.