Genesis 31: Goin’ Home

Genesis 31:3.

“Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your ancestors and to your kindred, and I will be with you.”

Goin’ home. There’s more than nostalgia about going home again. We think of it as getting back to our roots. It’s  reconnecting with something essential that may have been lost or at least misplaced since we left. Sometimes when we go home we know what we’re looking for. Other times it might be an effort to understand how we went from least likely to succeed to most successful (or vice versa).

After twenty years Jacob is returning home at God’s suggestion. He’s going back a married man (a couple of wives) with children (many, many children) and tremendous wealth. But the twenty years have been filled with both adventures and misadventures. He’s been deceived and been the deceiver. He’s got a lot of literal and figurative baggage in his caravan. Now he’s going home.

There’s something defining and elemental in our character that we associate with home. It’s easy to loose sight of these things in the hectic world in which we make our way. Even if we can’t make it to a physical location, we can pause and consider the foundational traits that make us who we are. When we touch those things and bring them to the surface, we’ll see that God is with us and we with with him.        —The Houston Pilgrim

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