There are times in our lives when it seems that God has brought us full circle and He reveals it to us in such a special way. Sometimes we don't see it right away, and it is when we are taking account of our life we see moments where God has brought us full circle. But when God does this, we are not the same person we were when we started out. This isn't because we are older and everyone changes over time, the change is because of what God has done in us. We are literally not the same person; we react differently and our priorities have completely changed. Jacob experienced a very powerful full circle moment that I want to look at today. Please read Genesis 35:1-15.
Just after a horrible incident with Dinah and her brothers' reaction brought them to the need to move away from the area. God told Jacob to go back to Bethel, where he had an incredible moment with God. It was when Jacob was at Bethel so many years before that God revealed Himself to Jacob and promised protection over him. God had promised that He would fulfill his promise to Abraham through him. After that moment, Jacob named the place Bethel. In Genesis 28:20-21 (NLT), Jacob made this vow, "If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God." Fast forward back to Genesis 35 and we see that God had protected him and had always provided for him. We even see a reference to Rebekah's nurse dying, which tells us that he had made it back to his father's home.
Notice what God says to Jacob in verses 10-12. He blesses Jacob and called him Israel and reminded him of his promise. God had brought Jacob full circle to show him how much God had been with him and that he was a new person as a result. It almost seemed as if God was reminding him of his vow as well. In verse three, Jacob even told his family, "He has been with me wherever I have gone." And Jacob also told his family to get rid of all idols and to purify themselves. Just the act of going to Bethel was a reminder to Jacob that God was his God forever. Jacob came back to Bethel a man changed by God and as a man who knew that God was His God.
How about you? What has God done in your life to remind you of the commitment you made to Him when you claimed Jesus the Lord of your life? Where has God brought you from, and how has He brought you back a different person? How have you seen God's hand on your life?
This post is linked with Monday Musings and Sharing His Beauty.