Jacob now built an altar and called it El-Bethel, which means ‘God of the House of God’ (v. 7). After 20 years of ‘growing up’ Jacob’s perspective has changed and what was more important for him now was his God alone. When Jacob does everything required of him, God renews his covenant by changing his name to Israel (v. 10), blessing him personally (v. 11), and gifting him the land that He had promised to Abraham and Isaac (v. 12). Psalms 105: 7-11 describes this beautifully as follows: He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance”
God wants us to renew our commitment with Him as well by offering our bodies as “…a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God…” (Rom. 12:1), and is waiting for us to go back to ‘our Bethel’ – the place where we started our intimate relationship with God. Won’t you do that today?