I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant; for I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two companies. – Genesis 32:10 (NKJV)
Before the chapter and the verse quoted above, the life of Jacob had been that of struggles from his house to the mountains and then to his Uncle’s house. Even when he was leaving his Uncle’s house, there were struggles but somewhere along the line, Jacob realized that God’s sufficiency had come into his life despite all the struggles.
He admitted in the verse above that he only had a staff when he was running away from home. It probably was a useless staff or a stick, as some other versions of the Bible called it. One would wonder why he held on to a stick all through his troubles but as he journeyed and got divine instructions from God, he grew beyond just having a stick.
The life of Jacob is a proof of the fact that God can make abundance out of that ‘nothing’ that you have. He said, ‘I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two companies.’ That means I have been mightily blessed. Some other versions of the Bible use the word ‘armies’ in the place of company. So one can safely say that Jacob had become so blessed that he controlled two companies (armies).
It takes a man who has experienced the All Sufficient God to move from having just a stick to controlling two companies. God can move you out of the lack zone into the abundance zone. If He can bless a man with only a stick and make him a controller of men then he can do much more for you.
One thing however stands out in the life of Jacob before he began to experience that abundance. He received divine instructions from God. One of such was when God told him to put a stick that he had peeled in different parts in front of animals. The animals would see this stick and they get the picture of spotted animals. It was rare to have spotted animals but as the animals saw it, they gave birth to more of that kind.
What this means is that you will sometimes get some rare instructions. This instruction is the kind of instruction that may not agree with your logic. To obey them will look foolish but if you can obey them, you are bound to experience the sufficiency of God. Jacob was mightily blessed for obeying what many would have called a foolish thing. I even guess he would have been mocked if anyone saw him putting a stick in front of animals.
It was that kind of strange instruction that Peter got in Luke chapter 5 verses 4 and 5. Jesus told him to launch his net into the deep for a catch. At the time of the instruction, Peter knew that was not the time to fish. The part that Jesus also instructed him to throw the net would probably not have fishes too. So two things were ‘logically’ wrong with the instruction Jesus gave; the timing and the specific location. Interestingly after they obeyed, it was what did not sound reasonable that brought them much more than the abundance they could ever imagine.
I am trusting God to bring sufficiency out of your lack and I know He will. But as you expect God to step into your situations, expect some instructions. As you obey those seemingly strange instructions from God, every lack in your life will be replaced with his sufficiency.
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