When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” -Genesis 28:16
We are a people of snap decisions. We don’t want to waste our time investing in something that isn’t going to be worth it in the end, so we are quick to decide if something is worth our time or not. If not, we move on—quickly.
Do you judge a book by its cover?
How many pages do you read before you give up on an author?
How many minutes of a movie do you watch before you decide if you will finish it?
Do we carry this mindset into our spiritual disciplines? Do we come to bible reading, prayer, worship, sermons expecting God to reveal Himself to us in the first 3 minutes? If not, do we move on?
If so, we will miss out on the greatest God encounters of our lives. Jacob wakes from a dream and cries out, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” Later Jacob wrestles with a strange man all night long. In the morning he realizes he was wrestling with God. Two disciples on the way to Emmaus walk with Jesus all afternoon, but only at the end of their journey realize they had been with the Lord.
We don’t always know when God is among us. Sometimes we only realize we have been in the presence of God after a divine encounter. Perhaps we should not be quick to decide we will not hear from God in this day, in this hour, in this moment.