“This stone which I have set up as a pillar (monument, memorial) will be God’s house [a sacred place to me], and of everything that You give me I will give the tenth to You [as an offering to signify my gratitude and dependence on You.”
Genesis 28:22 AMP
One of my sweet, sweet friends has dates marked in her bible of when God spoke to her and she saw His faithfulness to her through His Word! In Genesis 28, God literally spoke to Jacob in a dream and gave him the blessing He promised Abraham. Wow! Jacob set up stones and poured olive oil over that place to consecrate the promise God gave him. Our verse today says, “This stone which I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house (a sacred place to me). Let’s stop right there. Every single time Jacob would pass by that pillar, he would be reminded of the holiness of God to him personally. The place where he laid his head on a stone, was spoken to by God of his promises to him and then used that very stone that he laid his head on as a pillar would always be remembered as a “sacred place to him” – God’s house. As I was reading this translation in the amplified version, I thought how many pillars do I have treasured in my heart of God’s faithfulness to me? What about you? Do you have journals or dates documented of His faithfulness to you? A pillar of mine is that I had a prayer journal that I’d write my prayer requests in. Regardless of the answer, I’d write it in red when Jesus spoke the answer to me (I still smile reading those red letters). Jacob then says “and of everything that You give me I will give the tenth to You (as an offering to signify my gratitude and dependence on You.” Where does a tenth of what God blessed you with go? Do you use it as an offering to Him to signify your gratitude and dependence on Him? What a response Jacob shows us of how to offer back to God what is already His. Spend time with the One who is always faithful and keeps His promises. Reflect over the pillars in your heart that are sacred to you of His faithfulness and respond with giving Him back a tenth of what He’s given you in your time, talent and treasure. It’s a new year, but He’s the Same God who was the promise keeper for Jacob and for you.