Daily Devotion on Genesis 28:10-17
Text: Genesis 28:10-17
“But you promised!”
Children sometimes seem like they have holes in their ears. You tell them what you want them to do, and it goes in and out without ever being registered. But if you promise something special to a child, they will not ever forget.
Try to tell your child that you can’t go to Disney World any more because you don’t have the money. “But you promised!” Try to tell your child that you don’t have time to make it to McDonald’s still. “But you promised!” Try to tell your child why they can’t stay up late today. “But you promised!”
Perhaps we parents get ourselves in trouble at times when we make empty promises we might not be able to keep. But the reality is that we are imperfect people in an imperfect world. Broken promises are something we are used to by now.
Yet this is something God has never done, and will never do. When God makes a promise, he will keep it.
As Jacob was fleeing from his brother Esau, life wasn’t going so well. He had to leave his family. He was all alone. His brother wanted to kill him. He had plenty of troubles.
Then the Lord showed him the impressive and famous vision of “Jacob’s Ladder.” Yet it wasn’t the vision itself that was the important part. It was what God said. God made promises to Jacob: Promises to bless him; promises to make him great; promises that the Messiah would come from his line.
Today we might want to see a vision like Jacob’s Ladder. “Show us a little glory God and then I’ll feel better.” But we have all we need. We have God’s promises: Promises to bless us; promises to strengthen us; promises to lead us to everlasting life.
God has not ever broken a promise, and he never will. Trust in his grace and love and power! He will not fail you!
Prayer: Lord, you have promised so many things to me. Now I ask that for the sake of your holy name you keep those promises. Be with me. Strengthen me. Sustain me. Forgive me. Save me. These I know you will do, for you are the unchanging God of boundless grace and love. Amen.
Posted on February 27, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged Broken Promises, Church, Daily Devotions, Esau, Genesis, Genesis 28, Jacob, Jacob's Ladder, Promise, Promises, School. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.