He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Genesis 28:12
At this point in the story, Jacob is alone and afraid. Likely, he is full of questions: Will he make it to his destination? Will he find his relatives when he arrives? Will he ever go home again? God takes the initiative and meets Jacob in a dream in this crisis. Jacob sees a staircase with angels ascending and descending in the dream, and God himself is at the top speaking to Jacob. God tells Jacob that he is the God of his grandpa and his father. What’s more, he renews the promises given to Abraham and Isaac. Then God ends by promising to be present with Jacob.
We might not be on the run from our families and fearing for our lives, but fears have a way of creeping into our lives. Some of us may wonder how we will pay the bills, connect with that family member or find contentment in our current situation. The same God who met Jacob thousands of years ago speaks to our fears today. He is with us, will never leave us, has given us his Holy Spirit to dwell in us and offers peace in the chaos. We are not alone either.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Spend a few minutes in quiet reflection. Find a quiet place in your house or go for a walk alone. Consider where you turn in a crisis and what it could look like for you to move toward God rather than away from him. Is there a person you need to talk to or a practice you need to start today?
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse!
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.