Today we look at Genesis 28, where Jacob has stolen the birthright; manipulated and lied to people to get what he wanted; and is running for his life. Pastor Casey points out that like Jacob, we can be in a place with only a rock and God can make it “the house of God”. Like the stone Jacob anointed at Bethel, we need to remember the places we have met with God. These places/stones of remembrance in our life function to remind us when we pass this way again–Hey Wait a Minute!! I don’t go that direction any more–God has changed me.
Later in the Old Testament, we see God giving a pattern to Moses for a tent so He could have a visible presence, dwelling place, that could be among the people, move with them. Later yet, we see David wanted to build a temple. Then the house of God/temple was in a particular location or place. People had to travel to meet with God, which led to all kinds of problems. Yet, God’s desire has always been to be among His people.
In the New Testament book of I Corinthians 3:16, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” we are called the temple of the Holy Spirit, the house of God. Now God again dwells with His people and moves among them. Pastor Casey really encourages us to be aware of the presence of God in our lives and the impact it can make in our homes, jobs and communities.
Scripture reference: Genesis 28:10-22, I Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:15-20
Pastor Casey takes a couple of minutes to talk about the importance of worship. (0:04)
Witnessing the activity of God is not the same as being connected with God. One day the prophet Elijah witnessed a strong force of nature that was certainly caused by God, but he learned that God was not in those events. It was when the storm passed and all was silent that Elijah encountered God.
Listen as Pastor Casey cautions us not to mistake the activity of God around our life for a relationship with God in our life. God will use events to get your attention so that he can have a friendship with you. Watch for God’s presence so that you can lean into a relationship with him.
Christianity happens in relationship. You start by entering a relationship with God and this in turn welcomes you into relationship with people. Relationships can be difficult to create and maintain, but they are easier when you first learn how God sees you. You learn about yourself by getting to know God. Once you learn who you were created to be, building and growing relationships with other people takes on a whole new adventure.
Listen as Casey points you to the key of relationship growth.