Now pay attention! I’m here with you, and I’m going to be watching over you wherever you go. I’m going to bring you back to this land, because I won’t ever leave you until I’ve accomplished what I’ve promised about you. Genesis 28:15 (ISV)
This is what I like to call a locker room verse. You know, the kind that as you are heading toward those double doors that lead out to the playing field of life and the I AM coach stops you in your tracks cuz He’s got one more Word for you.
“Hey mighty warrior!” You think, I’m sure He meant the guy that just left. But He calls again, louder this time, “Hey mighty warrior!!” You slow but still can’t believe He would be addressing you.
When all of a sudden you are spun around to face Him! With His mighty hand He grabs the face mask on your helmet of salvation so that you have to fix your eyes with His as He calls YOU His mighty warrior (despite how unqualified and unlikely you feel) and pours the truth of Genesis 28:15 in high definition and with great exclamation into your soul!
It’s not about ability it’s about AVAILability.
We can constantly live in the fear of the unknown, the question mark of life OR we choose to live in the fearless freedom that comes from the exclamation of His faithful promises!
If you were to draw an eye on the end of a question mark symbol which way does it face? DOWN right! Now if you draw an eye on the end of an exclamation point symbol which way does it face? UP!
If I am going to live fearlessly confident in the exclamation of God’s faithful promises I can’t keep my eyes down cast on my own feet, on my own lack of ability and resources. I must fix my eyes up on Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Heb. 12:2)
In Genesis 32 we see Jacob getting ready to step out of the locker room so to speak as he returns to the promised land at God’s direction. Verse 7 states, Jacob was terrified but how do we see he responds to his fear and questions… verse 9, Then Jacob prayed…
When I’m threatened by life’s unknown I can run around frantic in fear or I can take captive all my thoughts (2 Cor. 10:5) and bring them to God in prayer.
Jacob gives us a good example of how to pray when we are questioning… am I going the right way, am I making the right choice, am I going to make it, how, why…???
To highlight a few phrases from Jacob’s prayer recorded in Gen. 32:9-12…
(9) O LORD, you told me… And you promised me… (10) I am not… I owned nothing… Now my house fills… (11) O LORD, please rescue… I am afraid… (12) But you promised me…
Jacob goes back to abide in God’s faithful promises – he remembers who he is not and Who God is – he honestly places before God his feelings and requests – but ends like he started, resting in His faithful promises! Because God is the Alpha and Omega (Rev. 22:13) and finishes what He starts (Phil. 1:6)! Praise Jesus!!
So where are you today? 1 Cor. 3:16 states, Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
I tell you what, if we know the answer to that question we should be living it out in exclamation!! The Spirit of the Living God dwells in me, whom or what shall I fear!!! (Psalm 27:1)
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
Don’t fear your lack of ability to be, to figure it out, to fix, to know… rather just give Jesus your AVAILability in His Word and in prayer and watch your life straighten out from a question mark state to an exclamation mark type adventure! (John 10:10)
Independent Read: Jude 1:24-25