In every European home we have lived in, there have been stairs. In our current home there are three sets and climbing them continually throughout the day gives a great unintentional workout! I try not to go up or down these stairs without something in my hand that needs moving. Inevitably, something needed is forgotten upstairs or down that means another trip.
Our verse for today comes after Jacob’s vision of stairs ascending into Heaven. Jacob was on the run from his brother’s murderous rage. He was far from home and in need of reassurance. God was gracious to Jacob in sending this vision of stairs. It symbolized the direct communication possible between God and humanity. God repeated His promise of blessing to Jacob. He promised Jacob that He would be with him and watch over him. Jacob awoke from this vision with a new certainty of the Lord’s presence!
We do not normally have visions of stairs but we do have these same promises from God’s Word. He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5) and will be with us even to the end of the age (Matt. 28:20). The Lord is surely in the place where I am as He is omnipresent. I would not want to flee His presence even if it were possible! (Psalm 139)
Jesus is like that stairway as He bridges the gap between man and God. Because of His great love for me, He descended from Heaven in search of a relationship with me! What an amazing and humbling thought! Each time I climb those stairs, remind me Lord, of your reassuring presence in this place!