’Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.’ And he was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!’ Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had out at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. [Genesis 28:16-18]
When was the last time you experienced God as if it were like the first time you had ever experienced God?
We can know about walking with God.
We can even know how to walk with God.
However, we need to experience the wonder of walking with God for ourselves.
Knowledge is acceptable and useful, and there is no shortage of available information to assist with that pursuit. Lots of people are well-informed. When it comes to God, you just can’t beat personal revelation.
God was already the God of Abraham & Isaac. Although that was true for the next generation, each one of them needed to know God for themselves. It was not enough to live off the previous generations experience. Great though that may be we need our own story, our own encounter.
In Genesis 28 Jacob had just that.
He had a moment of revelation that changed him.
He recognised God in a new way.
He discovered God in an unexpected place.
He had a revelation that caused him to worship God.
It was something that he would always remember.
That day was a red-letter day for Jacob. A life-changing experience. It impacted him beyond more than mere knowledge. Not only that it impacted his family and the generations that would follow.
What are those moments for you?
When was the last time you were stopped in your tracks and experience a fresh revelation of God? One that caused you to worship Him?