A humbled and open heart is fertile soil for God’s seeds of wisdom. Establishing deeper roots requires analyzing God’s word to discover truths, values, and lessons for application to our lives. Periodically, a scripture or passage calls for further exploration, like Genesis 35:1-7.
Our Deeper Roots passage in Genesis shows that there are seasons when we have to withstand correction before we see the promise. Our scripture selection begins after some of Jacob’s sons have slaughtered people because of the defilement of their sister, Dinah. It’s after the massacre at Shechem that God speaks to Jacob with clear instructions. God tells Jacob to return to the location of the promise and build an altar. So Jacob tells his family to get rid of all of their idols and he buries them there. Then, they travel to Luz (Bethel) so that he could build an altar to God.
It’s clear that Jacob’s family was drifting away from God’s instructions. They mixed with locals, lied, and killed people. They had allowed idols into their hearts and gave physical items more importance than God. When God instructed Jacob to head back to Bethel, Jacob knew they were headed onto Holy ground and that idols had no place there. He gathered all the idols and jewelry from his family and buried them there in Shechem. Then Jacob and his family safely made the journey to Luz to complete the instructions that God had given him.
There will be seasons that we have to endure correction in order to walk into the promise of God. There are times that we make idols of things that we know that we shouldn’t. There are times that we allow feelings and our wants or desires to pull us into situations that leave us vulnerable to attack. This passage shows that correction, the releasing of idols and other distractions, is necessary. We should never shy away from correcting areas where we are living against the word of God. It may be the very thing hindering us from crossing fully into the promise of God. Don’t be afraid of correction. The Bible says that God corrects those He loves. Let it be an encouragement to withstand the correction in order to walk into the promise.