There are special events in our lives that are marked by the place they happened. We are reminded of an event when we see or hear about that place.
Rattlesnake Creek is a rocky creek with green trees on its banks. It marks my baptism at age 11. When I am near it, that event immediately plays out in my mind. It was IN THIS PLACE that I made both a public and profound commitment to follow Christ.
Often an athlete will return to the field of play where they experienced greatness. The visit brings back memories of making a game-winning touchdown, basket or goal. Being IN THIS PLACE causes feelings of pride and accomplishment.
God came to Jacob in a dream as he slept under the stars with a rock as his pillow in a place called Bethel. It was IN THIS PLACE that He told Jacob about the land He was going to give him and how his descendants would be many. He also promised to be with Jacob watching over him. (see Genesis 28:12-15)
This encounter scared Jacob and he was afraid for it was a barren and rocky place. But it also left him in awe that IN THIS PLACE God had chosen to visit him. Not wanting it to be forgotten he built an altar to worship the Lord memorializing his experience.
When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28: 16-17 NIV
Are you in a barren and rocky situation? God wants to visit you IN THIS PLACE. Like Jacob, it will mark the gate of heaven as He comforts and guides you through.
PRAYER: IN THIS PLACE I listen for your voice. It will forever be an altar of praise to you, my Lord and my God! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
GOD SPEAKS IN PLACES WE MAY NOT EXPECT!
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