Good Morning February 28

There is an account in Genesis 28 of the patriarch Jacob traveling toward his ancestral home in Haran. He spends a night out in open country and has a dream in which God blesses him. Upon awakening he is amazed, declares the place to be the House of God, and makes a vow. He says, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s house, then the LORD will be my God.”(Vss.20-21) It really is a terrible vow. He is telling God that you must do this, this, and this for me if you want me to follow you. But I wonder if that is not also the thinking behind the modern day question of how could a good God allow such and such a tragedy to happen? We expect God to bless us. We put parameters around what we think is a blessing. But we are dealing with a sovereign God, a God who see life far beyond our meager view. We are also dealing with a God, our God, who has both declared and demonstrated His love for us in Jesus Christ. He is working for the good of His creation, and for our good, far beyond our capacity to understand. “In quietness and trust is our strength.”(Isaiah 30:15)