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Our Daily Bread Devotional 18th June 2018 – Blessing in the Mess

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Our Daily Bread Devotional 18th June 2018 

Topic: Blessing in the Mess

Read: Genesis 28:10–22, Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 10–11; Acts 4:1–22

Key Verse: He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Message: I got myself into this mess, so I’d better get myself out, I sometimes find myself thinking. Although I believe in a God of grace, I’m still prone to act as if His help is available only when I deserve it.

Our Daily Bread Devotional 18th June 2018 – Blessing in the Mess

God’s first encounter with Jacob is a beautiful illustration of how untrue this is.

Jacob had spent a lifetime trying to alter his destiny. He’d been born second at a time when firstborn sons typically received their father’s blessing—believed to guarantee future prosperity.

So Jacob decided to do whatever it would take to get his father’s blessing anyway. Eventually, he succeeded—through deceit—obtaining the blessing intended for his brother (Genesis 27:19–29).

But the price was a divided family, as Jacob fled from his furious brother (vv. 41–43). As night descended (28:11), Jacob must have felt as far from a life of blessing as ever.

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But it was there, leaving behind a trail of deception, that Jacob met God. God showed him he didn’t need desperate schemes to be blessed; he already was. His destiny—a purpose far greater than material prosperity (v. 14)—was held securely by the One who would never leave him (v. 15).

It was a lesson Jacob would spend his whole life learning.

Our Daily Bread Devotional 18th June 2018 – Blessing in the Mess

And so will we. No matter how many regrets we carry or how distant God seems, He is still there—gently guiding us out of our mess into His blessing.

Prayer: Lord, so often we feel trapped by our mistakes, thinking there’s no future left for us. Remind us that you are the God of Jacob, the God who will never give up on Your purposes for us.

God never gives up on His love and purposes for our lives.

Our Daily Bread Devotional 18th June 2018 – Blessing in the Mess was written By Monica Brands [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]

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