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July 14 / 100 WORDS

DARK NIGHT, GLORIOUS MORNING

Today's Reading: Genesis 32-33

Key Verse: Genesis 32:28

And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed."


The vertical and the horizontal directions of life are both important. Think of a cross and you have the God/man relationships.

Jesus is 100% God and 100% man. In Him we can get it right both ways.

Before Jacob could handle the fear of meeting his brother, he had a much more important meeting. An encounter with God is absolutely essential before a truly successful, God blessed encounter with man. Because of his refusal to let go of God, Jacob's "dark night of the soul" became a glorious morning of forgiveness for past wrongs Jacob had done. The horizontal relationship with his brother was restored directly as a result of the vertical struggle with God.

Jacob now becomes Israel, a "Prince of God."


PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, You are King of kings and I believe that I am Your child. By faith I know that as a result of the Cross, my relationship with You is in place. Now I will approach my human relationships with the confidence that You have gone before me to prepare the way, because of Jesus Christ. Amen!


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