Today, in Genesis, we see that for Jacob “God” was his dad’s God, but not “his”. Look at today’s verse. He calls God “the Lord your God…” Apparently God is not his God. Eventually, God does become his God, but not at this point. Just because God was Isaac’s God, did not automatically make Him Jacob’s God.
Unfortunately, you can not “inherit” God. Just because Dad and I worship, love and try our best to serve God does not mean He holds the same place in your life or even that you desire Him to. Every single person on the face of this earth has to come to a point where they decide if God is their God, by their choice, and by their commitment. We cannot do this for you.
I believe all of you know this and have made this choice, but as I considered Jacob today, I thought I might throw out a few ways to “check” and see how firm that decision is for you. Try answering these questions: If dad and I stopped going to church, would you still go? Are there things you say when you are not around us that you wouldn’t say around us? Are there things you do only at times that we will not know or see? Are there answers to questions you give because they are the “right” answers but not truly your heart? Do you have a desire to obey God daily, or only when it is convenient or observable by others? These are some ways you might be able to tell if God is truly your God or not. It is good for all of us to do this type of check on a regular basis. We need to make sure we are not riding on the coattails of another person’s faith, but instead, have clearly decided to call Jesus our own, and firmly know he is our God.