A Stairway to Heaven
Today’s scripture selection: Genesis 28-31
Key verse: Genesis 28:17
Ask people of a certain age what they know about a “stairway to heaven” and you are likely to hear about all about a song performed by the English rock band Led Zeppelin back in the seventies. But the Bible talks about a very different stairway.
When Jacob began his adult spiritual journey he had a dream. In it he saw angels going up and down a stairway to heaven. He was so impressed by this vision that when we awoke he said to himself:
“How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
And in that very place, named Bethel, Jacob received God’s promise that “all people on earth would be blessed by you and your offspring.” Wow! With such a startling vision and promise from the Almighty – you’d think Jacob was set. His life would be just one easily obtained blessing after another.
Interestingly enough, that wasn’t the case.
In fact, Jacob was just beginning a long journey – some of which would be happy and blest; much of which would be filled with challenge and hardship.
So it is with us. We mustn’t ever think that just because we are trying to stay on God’s path for us that it will always be easy. In fact, in my experience, it seems that often, when you are closest to God’s calling for you – that is exactly when the road may become the most difficult.
But the Bible also reassures us – as do the lives of countless saints – that if we only remain faithful, eventually, blessing will come. And often, it comes in the most unexpected of ways.
So keep your eyes open. Some days will be easy and some will be hard. But there is a stairway to heaven ahead.
And it doesn’t have anything to do with a rock song from the seventies.
Prayer: Lord, help me to stay on the heavenly path – no matter where it leads. AMEN.