The Bible, our book of faith, tells us in Genesis, how difficult life, even new life, can be in the world of humankind! If nothing else, in our attempt at learning about life in its beginning by Genesis, we can see how very much better off we are in this day.
It seems as if the only thing people of ancient times were really concerned about was picking a wife, sort of like picking the best looking apple hanging on the tree. In the first part of this chapter we read, Isaac called and said to Jacob go to the house of his mother’s father and pick a wife! Nothing is said about getting to know her, or loving her, just pick a wife from one of the daughters of your mother’s brother.
Jacob left the troubled place behind, along with his brother Esau to go where his father told him to go. When night came, Jacob found a place that looked safe to lie down to sleep, and while he was sleeping he had a dream. Genesis tells us that in his dream he saw a ladder reaching all the way from earth up to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. The Lord God came to Jacob in his dream and promised him wealth, land, and all that he might need in order to live a blessed life. The best part of the dream is the message that God will never leave him.
“We are climbing Jacob’s ladder” so the song we love to sing reports to us. I can remember a personal experience when I was attending the first year of seminary. It was duing my first year, a year when, though I desired to become an ordained minister, I really wasn’t sure if I could make it. Near the end of that first year, I had the opportunity to express the joy I felt proving myself to be able. I called Jerry, a good friend and my minister, and joyfully told him, “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” and each step up brings us closer to our God and Maker. Sure attending Seminary and sweating through Greek and theology, I was climbing Jacob’s ladder, one step at a time! I wasn’t there yet, but each step up brought me closer to the God I wish to give my life to and serve with gladness.
Go Jacob, go with confidence and know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go. God promised Jacob, as God promises us, I will never leave you alone and you have my Son, Jesus the Christ, as your eternal Redeemer. Walk my child, with faith and confidence in the faithful Spirit that will be your constant companion. You can best now know why I said in the beginning of this meditation, that we have so much better today than Jacob, we have the Redeemer Christ, God’s Son, as our living companion.
Oh Lord God, thank You for all that You have done, in ages past, but most especially in this day, as we live in Your love and blessings. Amen.