10 Jacob left Beersheba and started out for Harran. 11 He reached a certain place and stopped for the night. The sun had already set. He took one of the stones there and placed it under his head. Then he lay down to sleep. 12 In a dream he saw a stairway standing on the earth. Its top reached to heaven. The angels of God were going up and coming down on it. 13 The Lord stood beside the stairway. He said, “I am the Lord. I am the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your children after you the land you are lying on. 14 They will be like the dust of the earth that can’t be counted. They will spread out to the west and to the east. They will spread out to the north and to the south. All nations on earth will be blessed because of you and your children after you. 15 I am with you. I will watch over you everywhere you go. And I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Jacob woke up from his sleep. Then he thought, “The Lord is surely in this place. And I didn’t even know it.” 17 Jacob was afraid. He said, “How holy this place is! This must be the house of God. This is the gate of heaven.”
As Jacob was obediently following his father’s directions to get a wife from among the extended family, God appeared to him in an incredible dream. Jacob witnessed the glory, majesty and power of God and also encountered the blessing and goodness of God. What amazing promises God made Jacob, to provide land, descendants and to be with him. Jacob did not deserve this supernatural intervention, he had previously stolen his own brother’s birthright. God’s promises to Jacob were a reflection of God’s goodness and plans, and not something that Jacob had earned.
God, please help me to remember that you are the same glorious & supernatural God that Jacob saw, please help me not to shrink you in my mind. Help me to receive & grab hold of your promises, as a free gift from you, and not something that I can ever hope to earn. Amen.
Written by Beth Waugh