Our guest proclaimer, Timothy Parker, used Genesis 28:10-22 for his text this morning and considered the hope found in Jacob's transformation.
Just as God met Jacob there at the place he named Bethel, He desires to meet each of us; these meetings are not only possible, but also necessary.
"'When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, 'Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.' He was afraid and said, 'How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven'" (Gen. 28: 16-17, NIV)
Are we actively expecting these meetings with God? In His mercy, God meets and accepts us where we are and transforms us.
Choosing the name, Emmanuel, God With Us, God binds Himself to us. He changes who we are and what we value in a permanent way.