Genesis 28:10-22 New International Version (NIV)
Jacob’s Dream at Bethel
Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 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.
13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over youwherever 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 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.
20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God 22 and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”
MY THOUGHTS ~
Jacob made a vow. Jacob had a promise from God. Each of us today can know this same God who gives promises and keeps us. We must be determine in our minds to keep going and believe God's word (Bible). If we could only see the value in each of our decisions in life.
I know that God has made me promises in life, but part of that, is me doing what he has told me to do. Life is short and there are times when our focus can get off balance. I like the staircase example, look up and take one step at a time. There is no time to get side tracked thinking wrong. Look up to God for answers and for peace for your life. Our words matters and we just never know who listens to us. Be that example of kindness and keep hope alive.
If you have a dream, don't give up on it. Keep pressing forward and take another step toward it. If you don't jump, you never will know the results. Stepping out by faith can be a real challenge, but so worth it. God says that he will give us the desires of our hearts, but often times it take action on our part. Sometimes we need to wait on God and his timing is perfect too. Be encouraged today and know that God hears you.
Please know that I care about the readers of my blog. My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. Thank you for taking a few minutes to read my blog.