Verse for Today: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Hebrews 11:21 – By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, worshipped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
We reach stages in life when all that we depend on become redundant. When we surrender ourselves to God, He tests our commitment and surrender by making all our strongholds null and void. God wants us to prove to Him that we are willing to trust Him alone in our walk with Him. Jacob was an accomplished runner especially when he wanted to get out of trouble. He had strong and fast legs which carried him long distance and proved that he could depend on it. But when he started a new chapter in life by depending on God alone, he had to surrender himself including his legs which were his foundation. At the height of his moment of commitment, God allowed a blessed brokenness in his life and made him lean on to God alone for all his needs. He had to limp the rest of his life but it was limping by faith. His staff was illustrative of the way he leaned on to the Lord till the end of his life. Jacob’s brokenness was the declaration of his total submission to the Lord with all his faculties and capabilities. He went as a successful man into God’s presence at Peniel, but came back limping and seeking the hand of God to hold on to as he walked. The world would have thought of it as a defeat or failure in the life of Jacob, but he was specially empowered by the Lord. So it was victory for him as he marched forward towards the greater purposes of God in his life. Jacob’s life is a challenge for us today to surrender all that we have and are to the Lord. We will then receive blessed brokenness by His hands to empower and enable us to depend on Him to lead us forward to accomplish greater things for God.
Dear friend, are you depending on your human faculties and expertise in your walk with the Lord? Unless you experience brokenness of your self with all its capabilities and skillfulness, the Lord would not be able to make use of you. He doesn’t want you to lean on to your education, linkages with higher-ups, fortunes, positions and prestige. If you allow the Lord to break you on the basis of your unreserved surrender, He will then become your staff to lean on. You might be looked down upon by others as a weakling, but you will experience and enjoy the power of God. When you are broken by the hand of God, you will become an instrument in His hands to bless all whom you touch. You might not experience material prosperity, but will enjoy great spiritual progress and maturity. God’s power will help you to weather away the storms in life as Jacob did. Jacob enjoyed the prophetic ministry that the Lord gave him towards the end of his life as he blessed all his children and spoke vividly about the plan God had for all of them for generations to come. You see, Jacob’s brokenness was the result of his being alone with God. He was willing to exercise his faith in God’s presence to become the recipient of God’s blessings. If you are running away to escape problems and difficulties in life, it is time you get back to be alone with God to sort things out. He has something special to tell you. He wants to make something special out of your life. Today seek a blessed brokenness from the Lord and share it with those whose lives He makes you touch for His glory.
Genesis 32:26 – But Jacob replied: “I will not let You go unless You bless me.”
Thought for Today
The pain of blessed brokenness in the hands of God will result in making us a blessing in the lives of all whom we touch.
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me today to seek blessed brokenness from You and make me a blessing to all whom I meet. Amen!