Summary: Discover the power and the potential in those "Rock Bottom" experiences

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“Rock Bottom”

Genesis 28:10-16

INTRO: 1. I like the way the KJV introduces us to this place… “certain place.”

a. I want to take a little ecclesiastical license here and tell you that there’s no place in life that is as certain as that place where you hit rock bottom.

b. No place as common…everybody goes there no matter your socio-economic standing, background or religious experience.

c. There are certain places on your path where you will hit rock bottom!

d. Not a noteworthy place, didn’t even have a name, no reputation…can hit you at the most unexpected places in your life.

e. Like Jacob you may find yourself in that place as a result of poor decisions, or you may find yourself their at no fault of your own.

2. Rock Bottom is a place where you can’t get any lower, things can’t get any worse, where life no longer makes sense…nothing you can seemingly do.

a. A place not with just ’a’ problem—all your problems seem to converge into that single moment. (Life closes in)

b. A place that touches not one area of your life… seems you’ve hit rock bottom in every area of your life.

3. We see in Jacob’s life that this was the place where He hit rock bottom.

a. In his efforts. (conniving had got him there)

b. In his plans and dreams.

c. In his family life.

d. In his emotions. (loss everything precious to him)

e. In his support. (a lonely place)

d. In his faith. (Only family that worshiped Jehovah God he had just left)

e. Even in his future. (on the run, hunted)

f. Gotten so bad that the most luxurious thing in his life was a pile of rocks.

4. Many of us have felt the pain of that moment…but few have felt the power of that moment.

a. With God’s help Jacob turned his “Rock Bottom” experience into a “Rock Solid” encounter.

b. Can’t help but note that God placed this “rock bottom” experience at the beginning of Jacob’s ministry with God… something Jacob needed to face what he would be facing.

c. Don’t be surprised on your divine itinerary a visit to that place called "Rock Bottom."

5. A terrible misconception among believers…that all hardship is a form of Divine discipline, and all “good things” are a result of divine reward.

a. When Job’s wife suggested he curse God and die Job responded

Job 2:10 …What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?…

b. The events in our lives are not always about discipline or even reward… but mostly relationship.

6. But what Jacob did when He hit rock bottom made all the difference.

a. O, the lessons we can learn from him.


a. Traveled about 70 miles… exhausted physically, mentally & emotionally… yet he built.

b. Amazing because of Jacob’s past, knew very little about the outdoors or hard labor, but he knew it was time to do something.

c. How can I build when I’ve lost everything? when everything is against me?

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