Day 10 of Advent

Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” 

Genesis 28:10-17

Often times in the Bible, important information comes from God through dreams. This was the case for Abraham’s grandson, Jacob. He had a dream, when he was not expecting it. In this dream he saw a ladder, at the top stood God. Below stood a poor, helpless, forsaken man. Angels were moving up and down the ladder. The ladder was not only a symbol that Jacob was not far from God’s arms, but it was also a picture of Jesus. This continuous communion between God and man illustrates Jesus descending from heaven as God’s servant and our atoning sacrifice, then ascending to His rightful throne and bridging the gap between heaven and earth. This reminds us that Jesus came to earth not to give us a season of holidays, but to make a way for us to get to Heaven. Jesus came down from Heaven to be with you. God approaches and reaches people in various ways, He knows best what would get our attention.

How open are you to new ideas to get the attention of those who are not looking for Jesus?

Let’s pray: God of our days and nights, help us to keep our thoughts on You always, when we are awake and when we are asleep. It is comforting to know that You come to the most unlikely of people to offer your blessing. Lord, we pray that our goals and dreams may be centered on glorifying You. We thank You for Your Son whose sacrifice gave us eternal life, a life better than our wildest dreams. Amen.

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