Educational Encounter

Educational Encounter

Also God said to [Jacob]: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body.” Genesis 35:11

Recommended Reading – Acts 9:1-19

The list of those whom God saved out of carnality and rebellion into a life of spiritual maturity is long. But that’s the whole point isn’t it? God’s goal is to transform us into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29) — and He’ll use all means necessary (Romans 8:28).

Who would have thought that, in his younger days, a scheming man like Jacob would become the father of twelve sons from whom would arise the multitudes in the nation of Israel? And yet that is what God did through a painful encounter with Jacob (Genesis 32:22-30). In fact, Jacob lived with a limp after that encounter, and his descendants refused to eat the meat in an animal’s hip socket in memory of Jacob’s encounter and transformation (Genesis 32:31-32). In short, God will do whatever it takes to conform us to the image of His Son — even allow us to experience pain and live with reminders of our “educational encounter” with Him.

Let God have His way in your life today. The sooner we say “Yes, Lord” to Him, the sooner we become like Him.

The Christian life is not applied like make-up to the outside of our personalities, but is an outgrowth from an inner transformation.
J. A. Motyer

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