Daily D – Genesis 33:20
Genesis 33:20 And there he built an altar and named it El-Elohe-Israel. (NLT)
Genesis 28:20-22 Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God. And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.” (NLT)
When did you come to the realization that God is God and you are not? When did you accept his plan for your life as better than your own? How did you mark that occasion?
It took an all-night wrestling match for Jacob to accept who he was and God’s better plan and new name. What he had prayed for in Genesis 28 was now a reality. His longest prayer (32:9-12), a prayer of desperation, followed the same pattern of his previous thoughts and prayers. He always talked about God as his grandfather’s God and his father’s God.
After reminding God of what he had said way back when and how he had kept his end of the bargain, he asked God to keep his end. In verse 10, Jacob tells God when he left on his journey running away from his big brother, all he had was a walking stick. Now he was extraordinarily blessed by God with all kinds of wealth.
God answered his prayer. He even showed up in person to deliver the message. He wrestled with Jacob all night long (32:22-32). Jacob held his own. He held his own right up to the point when God decided to let him know how he could have dispatched him at any moment.
Then God gave Jacob a hip injury that would prevent him from running away from his problems. No running from Esau. No running from Laban. No running from the mess his sons made (34:24-30). No running from his responsibilities. He would require a walking stick for the rest of his life.
Jacob received a new name, Israel, a new pace of life, and a new purpose. He also had a new relationship with God. For the first time, he accepted God as his own God. Read verse 20 again:
And there he built an altar and named it El-Elohe-Israel.
El-Elohe-Israel means God, the God of Israel.
Jacob acknowledged that God had answered his prayer. He received his new name. He agreed that God was God and he was not. He set up an altar as a testimony and reminder of these truths.
Again, when did you come to the realization that God is God and you are not? When did you accept his plan for your life as better than your own? How did you mark that occasion?
I will live in full acknowledgment and agreement with who God says I am and what his purpose is for me.
Our Father, you are God, and I am not. I want to live the life you have planned for me. I want to move at your pace. Your dreams for me are better than any I could dream for myself. Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.