Ready to find his wife, Jacob set out for his mother’s land. Along the way, he grew tired and using a stone for a pillow he fell asleep and dreamed. During his unusual dream of a stairway to Heaven, God spoke to Jacob saying he would have many descendants. “Your offspring will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out toward the west, the east, the north, and the south. All the peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.” God told Jacob that He would watch over him and give to him the land on which he slept. The blessing given to Abraham and Isaac has now been passed on to Jacob. Are we keen to listen when God speaks to us through dreams, His Word or through messengers He sends? What blessings are we passing on to the generations that follow us?
Jacob turned his “pillow” into a pillar, poured oil over it and after making a vow to God, continued his journey. It was a pivotal time in Jacob’s life and he took ownership of his own faith in the Lord. The world offers many roads for young adults to choose as they venture out into life on their own. Wise discernment is needed now just as it was needed back in the days of Jacob. Father, we pray for ourselves and for the next generation. Please provide us with direction and increase our desire to choose to walk in step with Jesus. Open our ears to hear You speak, and then like Jacob, may we follow in obedience. Amen.