Day after day, walking in the hot sun, doing what God commanded, feeling the weight of obedience, thinking God was very far away, Jacob was ready for another lesson: God is at work even when the place I find myself in is wearisome. As he fell asleep in the wilderness atmosphere, and the weariness he felt, I’m sure Jacob didn’t realize God had guided his very steps to the exact place where his grandfather had worshiped. It’s amazing. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are established by the Lord.” Jacob didn’t know it, but God was ordering his journey.
How many times in our lives do we face some tedious regularity and think to ourselves, “Well, God’s not in this.” Jacob stretched out in that field. No obvious clues God was anywhere in that boring neighborhood. And yet God was very much there. In times when we may feel He is very far away is when He is the closets to us.
What tedium are you facing in your life and trying to figure out where God is? I talked to a man I respect this week and asked, “How’s it going at work?”
He said, “You know, my job provides for my family and it gives me an opportunity to serve God. I don’t love my job, but I’m thankful for it.”
Man, is he ever right on. Do you know God is in that place where you work? Even if it seems so regular, He’s right there! Even when you lose your job, God is still with you and guiding you to the place He wants you to serve. During these times, do not despair.