Read Genesis 28:10-21
He’s running away because he’s scared of his brother, because of how mad his brother is at what he has done.
He deserves his brother’s anger.
He’s outcast, unsafe in his own family, because of his own actions.
And yet God visits him.
Yet God makes these lavish promises.
Why? How does this work?
God made promises to Abraham to bless him and all his descendants. God chose Isaac as the channel the blessing would flow through, and then he chose Jacob.
God chose Jacob and that is how it works.
It’s not about Jacob.
God is writing a story.
The story is for everyone, “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring”. But while it is for everyone, it is still also for Jacob, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
This should make trusting God a little easier. Unlike us, He can do many things at once, operating on many levels – healing the whole world and never losing sight of the individual.
But still, Jacob isn’t completely convinced. He’s amazed and impressed, but not totally won. See him still bartering with God: if you do this (this thing God just finished promising him), then (and only then) will you be my God.
He’s just seen Heaven, and it’s not enough.
God chose Jacob, but Jacob still needs to choose God. That’s the way it works.
Just because God chooses, doesn’t mean we have no choice. No-one who wants him will ever be un-chosen, and no-one who doesn’t want him will ever be forced.
But he might give us a glimpse of heaven.
He might show us that it’s is closer than we know.
Jacob gets it, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
He always is.