Recently author David Ramos asked if I would be interesting in reading his 30 day devotional, Escaping with Jacob, which he is rereleasing in September 2016. After reading his devotional Climbing with Abraham I was excited for this opportunity.
I found David’s devotional on the life of Jacob very insightful and encouraging. I must confess I tend to view Jacob through cynical eyes and see his faults and failings before I see his growth and changing character. Seeing God at work in the life of Jacob, a man who was deceitful and scheming brings me hope. God took this man and changed not only his name to Israel (which means God prevails), but grew and changed him. The change isn’t instantaneous; but over the course of a lifetime, Jacob grew into his new name Israel. David reminded readers that God is not afraid of the messiness of our lives.
David also keeps the reader focused on God. Who God is and who He’s revealed Himself to be in the Bible, and in Jacob’s life, and how we can know with certainty He is our faithful and trustworthy God. The One who is to be feared and reverenced for He alone is awesome.
This summer, I’ve been reading through the book of Genesis as I prepare for a fall Bible study. I’ve studied Genesis in-depth twice, so I’m familiar with Jacob. Reading David’s devotional Escaping with Jacob was perfect timing. I learned to see Jacob through new eyes and to marvel at God working in our messy and broken lives in a deeper way.
If you are going through a period waiting and aren’t sure what the Lord may be doing in your life, or you are facing huge obstacles you can’t overcome, or your life is very messy, I would encourage you to read David Ramos’ devotional Escaping with Jacob. Find encouragement as you see how God worked in the life Jacob.
I would have like to have seen David present the Gospel message and tell readers how they can be saved from their sins through Christ and His perfect atoning sacrifice on the cross. There were a few things I disagreed with about David’s interpretation about Jacob. Also, David mentioned “authors of Genesis” and it’s my understanding that Moses was the sole author under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
I would like to thank David Ramos for the opportunity to read Escaping with Jacob in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.