A STONE OF WITNESS
Today's Reading: Genesis 31
Key Verses: Genesis 31:3, 44-45
Then the Lord said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you."…"Now therefore, come, let us make a covenant, you and I, and let it be a witness between you and Me." So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar.
Jacob set up a stone as a pillar of witness to God's restating of the covenant He made with Abraham and Isaac. God reaffirms the same now with Jacob.
Now Jacob does the same as a witness to his covenant with his father-in-law, Laban. These stone pillars would be permanent reminders of the life-changing commitments made to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and now, Jacob; also to Jacob's family. Be assured that the twelve sons of Jacob and his daughters listened over and over to the stories of Jacob's encounters with God and now they were watching as their Dad and Grandpa Laban made their commitments to each other.
Here's a lesson: pass on to your family "stones of witness," e.g. put a statement about your testimony, your faith in your will, special mementos, etc.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord, help me to be creative in the reminders for my family of those times I have encountered You, as well as my commitments to others. Cause these items and/or documents to bless my children, their children and beyond. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen!
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