THE LONG WAY BACK HOME
The prayer meeting started softly, quietly. Sometimes the anointing sounds like a trumpet. Tonight it was strings. The gentle breeze of the Holy Spirit was blowing over us…cleansing…bringing hope…faith rising…the unity of the Spirit made it so easy…no need to hide, no need to pretend, no need to feel shy…The Father came to embrace His children and none could stop Him…who dares anyway? All things are possible for the Father is here…It feels so good to be a child of God! That was how I felt…
Then the message came:
“I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family.’” (Gen 31:13)
God calls Jacob from the land of Haran. He said that He saw the injustice Laban has done to him!
Great lesson here: This should be a great encouragement to all who suffer oppression at their working place! God knows and God sees! Miraculous deliverance is at hand!
God commands Jacob to go back to Bethel were He revealed Himself to him at the beginning of his journey, where the dream started. The command is clear: arise- get out and return! The place is also clear: the land of your family, of your brethren, of your kindred, your native land. Spiritually speaking it means go back to the place where you became born again, where your first love was revealed in the purity of that vision!
Jacob obeys God and starts moving towards home. But the way is long and full of dangers. He has to meet with Esau, the twin brother who he cheated in the past. He is afraid of that encounter. This time he does the right thing. In the midst of his fears he prays to God! The spiritual fruit is already showing as he goes back home!
“Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’” (Gen 32: 9-12)
God had promised Jacob that if he goes back to Bethel He will be with him, proper him and make him exceedingly fruitful. The word ‘prosper’ appears two times. In Hebrew it means to be happy and successful, to be accepted by others in the land, to have favor with men and to be used by God. This is a wonderful promise that will manifest only if Jacob obeys and goes to Bethel.
This is a great lesson: if you faithfully obey God’s commands, if you keep your vision pure, looking only unto Jesus, then prosperity shall be your portion. It is so easy to compromise, to deviate from the straight and narrow road. But it is possible to walk before the Lord and be perfect! You do not have to backslide! The Holy Spirit is your Helper and Encourager! You can do it! Let’s run the race! No looking back! No wasting time! The God of Bethel is calling, is calling! The oil poured on that stone cannot be washed by rain and cannot be melted by the heat! The God who saved your soul, your first love, The Lord Jesus Christ is waiting to embrace you child of God!
“Amazing grace how sweet your sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see!”
In Christ I declare:
God shall vindicate me at my place of work!
I separate myself from any backsliding spirit!
I come to Father’s House, to Bethel! Here I shall dwell eternally! Here I found rest! Here I belong!
Because my eyes are on Jesus and my feet walk the way of the Cross, God shall prosper me!
I shall be happy and successful! I shall be accepted by the people of this land! I shall have favor with God and men!
I re-surrender my life to Jesus Christ, the Savior of my soul and my first love forever!
In Jesus name