Books by Others ~ Jacob: Journaling the Journey by Michelle Lesley

Books by Others ~ Jacob: Journaling the Journey by Michelle Lesley

Michelle Lesley and I “met” when I had the privilege of reading her manuscript, Jacob: Journaling the Journey. Today, I’m delighted to share an excerpt from this Bible study with you as this week’s Books by Others post.



Strap on your sandals and get ready for the journey of a lifetime.  Jacob’s lifetime—and yours. Jacob: Journaling the Journey follows the story of the patriarch as he treks through the desert and grows from an impetuous mama’s boy into one of the founding fathers of the faith. Along the way, you’ll meet his quirky, yet lovable family members—such as “Manipu-Mom” Rebekah, “Wild Thing” Esau, and Rachel, Queen of High Maintenance—who played such vital roles in his life.

And you thought your family was dysfunctional.

What could God possibly have to say to us as women through the life of this rough and tumble Old Testament hero?  Plenty.  And with the distinctive journaling format of this study, every woman will take away God’s unique and personal message for her own life.

So, come take a stroll across the sands of time with Jacob, and take the first step on your journey to a closer walk with God.

Lesson 13- True Worship

Genesis 28:16-22

When Jacob awoke, he knew he had been in God’s presence. Verse 17 tells us that he was afraid—the natural reaction of a sinner who comes face to face with the holiness of God. Even the most righteous people we can think of—Paul, Mary, Peter, Billy Graham, D. L. Moody, the Wesley brothers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon—all have fallen on their faces in fear and trembling when confronted by God’s holiness. When we truly recognize Him for who He is, we are incapable of responding otherwise.

After Jacob’s initial fearful reaction, perhaps he realized that God—who had every right to do so—had not only refrained from turning him into a greasy spot in the dirt, but had also promised His love and care as well as an exciting plan for his future. The gratitude, awe, and reverence Jacob must have felt led him to demonstrate his honor for God and to commit his heart to following Him.

This latter behavior is what most of us think of when defining the term worship. It is crucial, however, that we not neglect the former aspect—recognizing our sinfulness and God’s holiness. Both sides of the coin are imperative if we are to worship God in spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24 tells us that God actually seeks out people to be His worshipers who will worship Him in both spirit—worshiping Him in our spirits through praise, thanksgiving, and acclamation—and in truth—humbly acknowledging the truth of who He is with sincerity, repentance, contrition, and submission to His authority.

Worshiping only in spirit is not true worship, because without recognition of the truth of who God is and who we are, we have no underlying, driving motive to praise and thank Him. Worshiping only in the truth aspect of falling on our faces in fear and trembling denies the spirit of God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness and future plans for us. Real worship—the kind God seeks out—is a combination of both aspects.

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About Joy DeKok

Joy DeKok is a multipublished author. She not only enjoys sharing her writing, but also the writing of friends who write and authors whose writing she enjoys.

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