His experiences at Bethel began a new life for Jacob. After he had established a memorial to God,
“Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east” (Gen. 29:1). The
phrase “Jacob went on his journey” is literally “Jacob lifted up his feet.” Jacob probably traveled
quickly—as if walking on clouds.
Remember the day you received Christ as Saviour? Or the day when you met God in a special
way? Perhaps you made a great decision or had a great victory. Didn’t it seem as if you were
walking on a cloud? No doubt that is how Jacob felt with his new outlook. The revelation of
God’s presence and the assurance of blessing brought light and encouragement to his heart.
Jacob came to a well where some men were watering sheep. When he asked if they knew Laban,
they replied that they did. They assured him that Laban was well and said, “Behold, Rachel his
daughter cometh with the sheep” (v. 6). What a unique meeting! God had promised Jacob He
would be with him, and this meeting with Rachel was not by chance or accident.
This is the way God also works in our lives. We may go a certain direction, but we never get out
of God’s sight. All that happened to Jacob was by divine appointment—there is no such thing as
chance as far as God is concerned.
Being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of
his own will (Eph. 1:11).