…having first obtained mine errand from the Lord.
In this verse Jacob is sharing with us the actions he took after he first “obtained [his] errand from the Lord.” This is exactly what we need to do every day of our lives—obtain our errand from the Lord.
We need to set aside a private, quiet time on a regular basis–every morning, if possible–to get in conscious contact with God (Step 11). We need to read His words through the prophets, hear His word through the Holy Spirit and receive the steady feeling of His guidance for that day. Whether our inspiration includes specific things to do on this particular day, or general impressions and guidelines, we will know that we have, for that day at least, obtained our errand from the Lord.
On page 86 in Alcoholics Anonymous (the Big Book) it reads, “On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.”
Once again, we find the true principles woven through the Lord’s program of recovery and of redemption in perfect harmony. I thank Him every day of my life for the blessing of knowing both.