Scripture:   Genesis (NIV) 28:11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set…

16  When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in the place, and I was not aware of it”
17  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. 

Observation:   The place was nothing special.  Jacob would have gone elsewhere, but it was getting dark so this place would do.  He was not looking for any special accommodations and not expecting anything but some sleep.  Yet during the night God appeared to him in a dream.  God personalized to Jacob the promises given to Abraham and Isaac.  Jacob named this place Bethel which means house of God.  He set up an altar and made a vow to God. 

Application:   Today God may change a “certain place” into a “Bethel.”  He may change a place of “no expectation” into a place where heaven opens up to earth. When He makes His presence known to me and speaks to my heart, I need to pause and respond.  It will be a life changing moment.         

Prayer:   Lord,  May I not be in such a hurry that I miss what you will say to me today!  Amen 

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!