Jacob left Beersheba and went to Haran. He came to a certain place and camped for the night since the sun had set. He took one of the stones there, set it under his head and lay down to sleep. And he dreamed: A stairway was set on the ground and it reached all the way to the sky; angels of God were going up and going down on it. Then God was right before him, saying, “I am God, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. I’m giving the ground on which you are sleeping to you and to your descendants. Your descendants will be as the dust of the Earth; they’ll stretch from west to east and from north to south. All the families of the Earth will bless themselves in you and your descendants. Yes. I’ll stay with you, I’ll protect you wherever you go, and I’ll bring you back to this very ground. I’ll stick with you until I’ve done everything I promised you.” Genesis 28:10-15
Occasionally we come across a person who mirrors our own life in the Bible. When we do it can be confronting. Jacob’s life was a pattern many have followed. The deceiver was deceived out of what rightly seemed to be his. Caught up in a life of wrongdoing he started to run. He was on the run from his brother for thirty years. He lived a turbulent life! For a time in his life everything seemed to go from bad to worse, despite revelation from God of divine interest in him and how God’s communicative program works.
Jacob saw God take the initiative to throw down a ladder of mercy, of grace, of help. God’s first move warranted response and Jacob could have immediately tuned into heaven, begin the intended course of spiritual lessons.
Although favourably impressed Jacob tried to barter with God. ‘What If’s’ spoiled progress in His relationship with God. Later he was alone, bewildered and God gave him another chance. The dream was meant to correct his ways and assure him of a life of better things to come. After hours of defiance and demonstration of difficulty Jacob final gave in. He eventually came to approve that God was trying to address his stupid wilfulness and change his selfish nature. When daybreak dawned, a new day began, a day as a transformed individual.
Any of this sound familiar to anyone? I can certainly identify with a lot of it.
I am so happy Lord to identify that this is a day of salvation and I place myself in You care and control, whatever it brings.