By Pastor Yau
HE HEARD AND OBEYED THE VOICE OF GOD:
†††††† Jacob was not at his quiet time, seeking
Godís direction for his life. He was not agonizing to overcome a mountainous
problem that might bring him down, he was out and about on his routine of
business and daily life when God appeared to him and called him to go back to
†††††† Jacob didnít just hear Godís voice he obeyed God by getting ready himself and his family for the move.† Today, too many of those call themselves children either didnít hear Godís voice or didnít obey it even they have heard it.
††††††† How do we hear the word of God?†
1) Read His word, the Bible. Have a regular devotional time each day. God will speak to you from the Bible.
2) Ask God in your prayers. Seeking His guidance. His Spirit will guide you to the right path.
3) Attend worship service and Bible study. Listen attentively to messages and exposition of His word.
4) Seek advice from godly person who will help you to hear and understand God.
HE WAS WILLING TO MOVE FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW:
†††††† When I was reading this passage, I ask
the question: can God just give His blessings to Jacob while he was in
Harem.† Why canít HE let Jacob have both
God and the world at the same time? Many of us do want to follow Godís call,
but are reluctant to give up the world.††
Thatís exactly why God canít make Jacob to become
†††††† Harem represents the old life of Jacob, the worldly, the cheating, the selfishness and self indulgence.†† All that Jacob treasures in Harem MUST go, be rid of, before God can use him and bestow on him HIS blessings.† If you desire to receive Godís power and blessing, you must LET GO of the old to receive the new.† This is not an easy process, but is a necessary step. When Paul was called to do Godís work and became the most powerful champion of the faith, he said all that he used to treasure, he now sees them as rubbish.† You need to be BROKEN first before God can make you a new vessel.
HE HAS TO DO A HOUSE CLEANING FROM THE INSIDE:
†††††† A physical move from Harem to
†††††† After Jacob obey Godís call, got rid of
all the hindrances, purified himself and his family, they moved to