November 8, 2020 Living Water CAC Daily Devotional Guide :- TOPIC : RETURN TO BETHEL
Sunday, November 8, 2020 – World Town Planning Day
RETURN TO BETHEL
Read: Genesis 28:1-22
Genesis 28:1-22 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.
And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.
When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;
And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.
And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother (Genesis 35:1)
Today is the World Town Planning Day. We shall be talking of a major town in Israel – Bethel. Bethel is an ancient town where Abraham built his first altar – a place of worship (Gen. 13:4). It was an awesome place. Bethel is the house of God, the gate of heaven, the place of God (Gen. 35:1ff). It is a place of thanksgiving (Gen. 28:1-22). Bethel is a place of encounter with God.
Our Bethel is a point in life when we are delivered, restored, assisted, and promoted. It is when we ask and God answers. Many a times, we easily forget that point as soon as life becomes better and flourishing. In some instances, people forget the experience and encounter of their Bethel.
Go back to Bethel when you need encounter and God’s attention, Jacob did. Stop going from place to place. The house of God is where you ought to go. He is expecting your return. When God answers, go to Bethel to fulfil your vows. Appreciate Him for that which He had done. Jacob told his family that he had to return to Bethel in appreciation of what God had done for him over the years. If you have not been doing that, it is high time you did.
When Christians need renewal and refuelling, they should turn to Bethel. It is a place of vision. It was in Bethel Jacob had double practical experiences of God. The Bethel experiences turn lives around. Are you faced with difficulties? Turn to Bethel. Any experience of dryness? Return to Bethel for refreshing. God is always there – the assurance of supplies. Jacob remarked, “God is in this place.” You will at all the time find Him in Bethel.
Is your first love for God and man disappearing? Go back to Bethel to refresh, refuel and renew. Return to Bethel is U-turn to your first love in Christ. When the fire of God burns in you and you are on fire for Him. God is waiting in Bethel for those that will return for renewal, refuelling and relationship.
1. Lord never allow my love for You to wax cold.
2. As many that are experiencing spiritual dryness, Lord, refresh them as they return to you.
3. Pray that God will re-ignite the fire of the Holy Spirit in our churches.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Jeremiah 39 – 41