by Donna Schambach
And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
God takes us to the next place of influence by way of our own obedience. At times the direction is challenging, but always crystal clear: throw away your dependency on lesser gods; cleanse your heart; and put on clean clothes. These three things God asked BEFORE Jacob built Him an altar. As soon as Jacob obeyed, the fear of the Lord fell on his enemies and God gave Jacob a new, royal name.