Jacob & Esau • Devotion #5: Blessed and Blessing
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
“Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.’ And he was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’” Genesis 28:10-17
This might be the first time you have ever read this story. Jacob had a life-altering dream. I have read that everyone dreams, but that not everyone remembers their dreams. Jacob had a dream and it embedded his mind the whole next day and throughout his life. His dream was important to him because he knew God made a promise to him in his dream.
Genesis 28:18-22 tells what Jacob did once he had been blessed by God, “So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.’”
Jacob was blessed by God, so he wanted to be a blessing to God. He also chose to set up a visual reminder for himself so that when he saw it, the stone would remind him of God’s blessing.
What do you do when you have been blessed by God? Do you look for ways to bless Him through others? I encourage you to “count your many blessings.” Look for God to bless you and then set up a visual reminder for yourself. Journal of the event. Write the date in your Bible. Post a picture or plant a tree that every time you see it, you remember the blessing from God. Be blessed and be a blessing!