March 7, 2021

March 7, 2021

Genesis 46 :: Light in the Pit
Genesis 46:1 So Israel set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
Here we see what Jacob does in the midst of these life-changing events:
  • his sons returning from Egypt twice with more than they had left with
  • news about Joseph being alive after 20+ years of believing a wild animal had killed him
  • receiving wagons and wagons of evidence of Joseph’s new world position… 2nd only to the throne of Pharaoh
  • an invitation and perhaps a necessity to move once again
In the midst of some significant, life-changing events, Jacob took time to come before God in worship… “when he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.”
Worship in the midst of life changing. 
Job did that when his life changed abruptly (Job 1:20). David often wrote of worshiping amidst continuous change in his life (Psalm 3 and nearly all the psalms he wrote!). Mary spent moments in worship upon receiving news of her role in the Messiah’s arrival (Luke 1).
Worship in the midst of life changing…. do we?
Interesting… the verses that immediately follow 46:1 detail the following:
  • I am God (vs 3)
  • Don’t be afraid (vs 3)
  • I will go down to Egypt with you (vs 4)
Three affirmations that Jacob perhaps needed to hear at that time from the One he worshipped.
Life changes for all of us–at varying rates, depths and directions. Change is a given for us, worship sometimes is not. 
Perhaps we need to hear those same affirmations even now: I am God; don’t be afraid; I will go with you!
Worship in the midst of life changing…. let’s do!
Pastor Brad Mann
brad@claycentercovenant.com

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