“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
Occasionally when someone sits in a church members’ preferred pew, they say, “He took my place.” When someone takes their special parking spot, they might be tempted to say, “She took my place.” At a movie theater or concert, one may be heard to declare, “You took my place.”
Jacob slept on a rock and dreamed of a ladder that rose to the heavens. After awaking, He knew that God had been in his place – a place of significance and importance. That unlikely event revealed a God who loved him and promised him a secure future. Completely awestruck, Jacob responded, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven” (Genesis 28:17).
While we should expect God to speak to us today through His Word and not through a dream as Jacob had, God’s tender care and compassion is revealed to us day in and day out. There is not a moment in time where His grace is not enfolding us and His eternal mercies covering us. And the greatest miracle for us – Jesus proved that He took our place when He revealed the Father’s will through the cross and resurrection. And having done so sufficiently, we can now declare, “Jesus is now the gate of heaven”.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for taking my place. Open my eyes to Your presence in my life every day. Amen.