Genesis 28:15, 20-21
“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”
“Then Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God.'”
In my last post, I discussed the importance of seasons and more importantly, enduring your transition and growing season. I want to expound more on the transition season because I believe a lot of us are growing through it right now. You might have transitioned out of college into the working world (congratulations!) Or, maybe you’re transitioning from the corporate world into entrepreneurship. The Lord might have called you into full-time ministry and you’re trying to take the next step of faith. All of these require a faith component on your part to trust that God will lead you to and through this season.
Jacob was given a dream but it wasn’t the dream that caused him to move by faith, it was the call and promise that God gave him. We have dreams throughout our lives, some are from God and some from the Devil and some are from chocolate ice cream (that might be the Devil too) but we can’t solely rely on our dreams to do what God has called us to do because we can be lead astray. We can always rely on the word of God, which is what Jacob did. When you receive a dream or vision that you believe is from the Lord, put it to the test! Test it against the word of God and ask the Holy Spirit, “Is this you?” Go to the word of God to test all things that come to your heart that you believe are from God. This isn’t a rushed activity; you aren’t using the Bible as a search engine, you’re using it as an ultra-sound to see what’s really going on inside of you. The word of God will always pull things out of you to reveal what’s of Him and what’s not, then gives you instructions on how to make the adjustment. Test your dreams to see whether or not they align, and if not, cast them to the side. No dream should be big enough to distance you from the presence of God. Trust in the word of God, not your dreams alone.
God is a promise-maker. He is a big God so don’t be surprised that He has big promises for you. Don’t be surprised when your receive a dream or vision from the Lord that’s bigger than you even asked for. His promises are valid and the best part is that He will always lead you to your promises. The Lord will never say something to you and expect you to fend for yourself. He is your Father and He will hold your hand until the end of the age because He loves you. He is omniscient (all-knowing) and He knows what it will cost, what turns you need to make, what you need to let go of, and when it’s time to move. You know that your steps are ordered in the Lord when you move in peace. God isn’t a god of disorder. Even if during this season of transition you’re being attacked from all sides, you will have peace that will surpass your understanding. You won’t be worried or afraid because you trust that He is with you, guiding you, and protecting you.
Jacob made a promise to himself that so long as God is with him, keeping him, and providing for him, that he would continue to serve Him. You need to make that promise to yourself. Times will get hard in this transition season but despite what happens you need to promise yourself that you’re not giving up. You need to know the God you serve and believe Him when He says He will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. You need to promise yourself that you will never stop believing in Him. He has a promised life for you, a life of prosperity and peace. Your life might not look like the way you dreamed it would look right now but trust that God is still working on your behalf. Trust that God knows what He’s doing. Consider yourself blessed because of the God you serve. He is faithful and consistent. The minute that God stops being who He is is the minute that you can stop believing in Him. Trust in the midst of your transition.