Genesis 35: 9-14: Blessing in obedience.

“9 After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him. 10 God said to him, “Your name is Jacob,but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel. ” So he named him Israel. 11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty ; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants. 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.” 13 Then God went up from himat the place where he had talked with him. 14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it.” NIV

After Jacob responded to God’s Word, and went to ‘Bethel’, he had another special encounter with the Lord, and heard wonderful promises from Him. There was blessing in obedience. There always will be – for you and me too. I’m not saying your experience will be identical to Jacob’s, but do not hesitate to go where God directs, to follow where He leads.

‘’As he had done years before at Bethel, Jacob set up a pillar and dedicated it to the Lord (28:18). He not only poured oil on the pillar, but he also poured out a drink offering of wine. The drink offering was a supplement to the regular sacrifices and was poured out on the altar as the sacrifice was burning (Ex. 29:40-41; Num. 6:17; 15:5-10, 24; 29:22-38). It was a symbol of dedication, the worshipper’s life poured out for the Lord (2 Sam. 23:16; Phil. 2:17.’’ Warren Wiersbe

PRAYER: Lord, please help me to put myself in a place to meet you and hear your voice; and when you speak, enable me to respond with whole-hearted obedience.