THE LORD IS IN THIS PLACE

malte-baumann-82231.jpgGen. 28:16,17 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.”

I love the story of Jacob’s ladder. Just think about it, teenaged Jacob was away from home for the first time that historic night. He was troubled by estrangement from his family, running for his life in fear of Esau, and troubled about his provision and safety into his journey to a place he had never been. That’s why the night was historic; the angelic visitation, the vision of the ladder into heaven, and the sudden awareness that ‘God was in this place’ changed Jacob’s life. Though nothing had changed on the outside everything had changed for Jacob. Abraham and Isaac’s God had now become the God of Jacob.

Visitation by the Holy Spirit assures us of God’s sovereign plan for our lives. Maybe you are troubled about your future. Put yourself in a position to get into the presence of the Lord. Like Jacob, a sudden glimpse of the fact that ‘God is in this place’ will bring you to a sense of the sovereign reign of the Lord. That is the place where you too can even sleep with a rock for a pillow. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on today’s verse.

“This vision gave very seasonable comfort to Jacob, letting him know that he had both a good guide and a good guard, in his going out and coming in,—that, though he was made to wander from his father’s house, yet still he was the care of a kind Providence, and the charge of the holy angels. This is comfort enough, though we should not admit the notion which some have, that the tutelar angels of Canaan were ascending, having guarded Jacob out of their land, and the angels of Syria descending to take him into their custody. Jacob was now the type and representative of the whole church, with the guardianship of which the angels are entrusted.”
I sometimes feel like Jacob’s ladder has come down in our gatherings in Metairie. When we come together we know ‘God is in this place’. This coming week is important, it may be historic as we set aside time for SUMMER SATURATION. Hope to see you at Jacob’s ladder.

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