Nighttime Encounter

An encounter with the Almighty can occur in the least likely of places. A man alone in the desert had an extraordinary nighttime encounter that changed the course of his life. "Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, 'Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.' "

My "Bethel" will always be a very old one-room schoolhouse in northern Ohio where I believe I once heard the audible voice of God. For others, it's a special place at a summer camp, a room in a house, an area in the woods, or a place and time on a boat. In fact, it would be interesting to hear about your special "Bethel," if you would care to take the time to share it.

Fact is, we have a Father who is actively seeking to reach and touch us. There is abundant evidence in the Bible that He has done such, and actively is doing so today. It's not that we earn or deserve an encounter with Him; it's that He cares and loves us enough to do so.

Now, the deceiver stands ready to offer a counterfeit encounter, so discernment is of the utmost importance. For Jacob, as recorded in Genesis 28, the encounter did not yield some new revelation, but rather was a personal affirmation of promises made to father Isaac and grandfather Abraham. The encounter was for the purpose of confirming that those promises were also his.

The adventure of this day just might be that we will also discover that "the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it."

Praying that this is your discovery.

©Steve Taylor, 2016 --Used by permission

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