Life On The Run. “And behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.” Genesis 28:15
Jacob had messed up and was running for his life. It’s not surprising that he’d be exiled from his home. Jacob’s name means “deceiver”, and he had lived up to it-swindling his brother and deceiving his father. Now he was on the run to Haran, where he would later learn to deal with the deceptions of his Uncle Laban. Jacob spent the night in no-man’s land. Even God seemed to have forsaken this place. But here Jacob saw a vision of heaven’s gate. God showed him a ladder, or stairway, that reached from earth to heaven.
Jacob also saw the Lord, who promised to give him this land and to bless all the world’s people through him. Out in the middle of nowhere Jacob was promised full life and a future with God. So he called the place Bethel-“house of God”-and, as we might expect, Jacob made a vow that sounded more like a deal than a promise. But that didn’t nullify God’s gracious promise to Jacob. God can catch us on the run-and keep on loving us. Some of us are on attack from our past, even today. We’re in a tight place, trying to slip out from under some major mistakes. But at this moment God is showing us the way out. Jesus is the gateway to heaven.
John 1:51 “And he saith unto him, verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”
John 10:9 “I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
He is the bridge by which we can enter into the presence of God.
Lord, we thank you that no matter how badly we mess up, you keep coming to find us. Help us to trust ourselves to Jesus, knowing he can make all things right again. Amen.