And Jacob… lighted upon a CERTAIN place, and TARRIED THERE ALL NIGHT… and he took of the STONES OF THAT PLACE, AND PUT THEM FOR HIS PILLOWS, and lay down in that place to sleep (Genesis 28:10-11 KJV).
As we travel our Christian journey, there definitely comes a time when we get to that PLACE of uncertainty which is so uncomfortable that if not careful, we want to avoid it. This was the PLACE Jacob found himself but he TARRIED THERE ALL NIGHT and it paid off because it was a defining moment for him.
He used STONES AS PILLOWS!!! Can you imagine how uncomfortable that must have been? How hard it must have been to fall asleep? The tossing and turning? Can you imagine the headache? But as uncomfortable as it was, that was the place God chose to reveal Himself to Jacob and hand down a blessing for him and his generations to come… As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I AM THE LORD, THE GOD OF YOUR GRANDFATHER ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF YOUR FATHER, ISAAC. THE GROUND YOU ARE LYING ON BELONGS TO YOU. I AM GIVING IT TO YOU AND YOUR DESCENDANTS… What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go… Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “SURELY THE LORD IS IN THIS PLACE, AND I WASN’T EVEN AWARE OF IT!” (Genesis 28:12-16 NLT)
Hmmm… Jacob arrived at a CERTAIN place but he was unaware of its significance. The Lord would sometimes bring us out of our comfort zones to a CERTAIN place but because it’s not a comfortable place, we are ignorant and not sure of anything anymore. That place of uncertainty is where we question if God is with us but take it from a man who knows… you are bound to find God there if you TARRY… “SURELY THE LORD IS IN THIS PLACE”, Jacob said.
From then on, his relationship with God took a new dimension… The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it… Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will CERTAINLY be my God. And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God…” (Genesis 28:18-22 NLT).
That CERTAIN place of UNCERTAINTY where God personally reveals Himself to you becomes a significant worship experience and you find yourself building a personal altar for you and the Lord. This is our spot from now on… a place where I encountered You.
Are you at a crossroads?…TARRY FOR GOD IS IN THAT UNCOMFORTABLE PLACE. You will soon find out that it’s a defining moment that will give you direction for the next phase of your journey.