Focal Passage: Genesis 28:10-22
The wayward lion raced cautiously behind the monkey through the dark brambles. Beyond the threshold, the magnificent image of his father hovered in the clouds. “Simba,” the ghostly lion said, “You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the circle of life.”
In a glorious vision, portrayed in Disney’s “The Lion King,” Mufasa lovingly and graciously reminded his son of his purpose, to reign from Pride Rock as king over the Pridelands. The presence of Simba’s father would go with him. He need only heed the call and return.
In a less mystical way, a similar scene occurs in Genesis 28.
Jacob, another wayward son, was on the run, having ignited the rage of his brother Esau who was denied his rightful blessing.
However, God’s eternal purposes could not be thwarted, and Jacob had been chosen to play an integral role in God’s plan of redemption. He would become Israel, and from him would come Jesus, the Messiah, the climax of God’s purpose and presence in the world.
Jacob need only respond in faith, which he did in setting up a pillar to the Lord and offering Him a tenth of all he owned. In Christ, God offers to all his wayward sons and daughters a role to play in His Kingdom.
God reveals His purpose for us in His Word. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus instructs us to go and make disciples of all nations.
That is, we share the gospel, and as the Spirit saves, we help those who have been converted to walk in obedience to all that Jesus has commanded.
Like God to Jacob in Genesis 28, Jesus promises to always be with us, to the very end. We need only respond in faith and obedience.
As we live out this eternal purpose in a myriad of ways, we can rest assured that God is in control, and we can rejoice that He is with us to accomplish all things for His glory and our good.