"Camping Out"

Genesis 28: 16-22

Do you enjoy camping out? Many people do. Some invest in expensive equipment so that they can enjoy the outdoors and have some comforts of home at the same time.

One of the early Bible personalities, Jacob, had a unique "camping out" experience. As he was running from home, nighttime came, and he stopped to rest. Having no camping equipment, he took a stone, "put it under his head and lay down to sleep" (Genesis 28: 11 NIV). During the night God spoke to him through a dramatic dream. When he awoke, he confessed, "Surely the Lord is in this place" (Genesis 28: 16 NIV). He took his "pillow," the stone, and used it as a place of worship. Then Jacob made a promise to God: "Of all that you give me, I will give you a tenth" (Genesis 18: 22).

Isn't it marvelous that God can speak to us wherever we are? Outside under the stars or in a quiet place - wherever, we can pray, listen, and make commitments that honor the Lord. Even a commitment to give a tenth of our income to the Lord.

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