I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Jacob. He is a deeply flawed character blessed by God to carry the promise of the covenant God made to Abraham and Sarah into the future. He is a scoundrel. As he made his way back from exile, he stands at the edge of the Jabbok River andfears for his future. (Genesis 32) Esau draws near and Jacob wrestles God in the night. Jacob leaves the encounter with a limp. Injured, he reconciles with his brother (sort of) and stepsinto the future.
The church stands at the edge of its future. Called by God, the church is given new life through Jesus and is empowered by the Holy Spirit to step into God’s future. Yet, we hesitate at the edge of this call and are too often afraid to step out.
This blog explores themes related to the church’s calling, God’s covenant, what it means to wander in exile and so much more. It will do so with the conviction that God intends the church to participate in the future that God is already bringing. We are called to cross the river and step out while trusting that the Holy Spirit will provide what we need.
The above image of the Jabbok River (Nahr ez-Zarqa) was taken by Dr. Meierhofer. It is is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.