January 13

Genesis 28:1-29:35; Matthew 9:18-38; Psalm 11:1-7; Proverbs 3:11-12

Where do you meet God? Do you have a regular place where you pray or read the Word? In the Bible, the place where a person met God was called an altar. It was a place dedicated to God’s glory. It became a milestone where one would retreat to hear from God.

Jacob was at a critical juncture in his life. He was looking for a wife and running from his brother, Esau. With his life on the line and his future in question, Jacob did a good thing: he stopped to rest. Here is a real spiritual truth: when you are worn down and tired it is difficult to hear from and experience God.

Once Jacob closes his eyes, God has an appointment with him. He sees angels ascending and descending on a ladder. He also sees God at the top of the ladder. God reiterates the promises that He made to Abraham. He let Jacob know: regardless of the problems you are facing, your future is still assured.

Jacob had every reason to question if God were going to give him the land. But God let him know that he was not disqualified. God promised him property, provisions, protection and His presence. When Jacob awoke, he built an altar there to memorialize the promises that God had made. And, all these years later, God has kept His Word!

Why not establish a place where you can regularly meet with God? In this place, expect God to speak to you and reveal His Word to you. Then establish a regular meeting time with Him where you can commune with God. If we build God an altar, He will come!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 30:1-31:16; Matthew 10:1-23; Psalm 12:1-8; Proverbs 3:13-15