March 7, 2009
the gate of heaven
"And Jacob awakened out of his sleep, and he said, "Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not.". Genesis 28:16
We awake out of our sleep and see that God was here all along. We see the purpose of life and the will of God "in this place". If we will open our eyes we will see that His kingdom exists right here, right now.
...." (Jacob) took the stone he had put for his pillow and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil on top of it." Gen. 28:18
The place he had lived his life and laid his head became worship at the altar. When he awoke, the place he had slept and eaten day to day became no less than the "house of God (beth-el) and this is the gate of heaven"(verse 17)
God is waking us up to turn our lives and our worlds into His kingdom. The stones we set down as pillows will be set up as pillars. A change in perspective and an opening of eyes changes everything. Life is turned upside down and the Kingdom of God is poured out "in this place" when we awake out of our sleep.