Prayer for the day
Your testimonies are very sure, and holiness adorns your house, O LORD, for ever and for evermore.
Scripture for the day
We’re often quick to label an exciting experience, an exotic food, or an attractive person “heavenly.” Very few of us get the kind of glimpse of heaven that Jacob got.
Lying on the ground at night, using a stone for a pillow, Jacob has a marvellous vision of a ladder reaching to earth from heaven, and angels ascending and descending. This is a place where the veil between heaven and earth is thin, or slightly pulled back, and Jacob gets a supernatural view of what goes on “behind the scenes.”
These kind of visions come only once in awhile in the First Testament, and they’re often enough to change the course of a life, and even of history. In the Second Testament, God does the unexpected: the veil is removed for a brief time. It’s removed in the person of Jesus Christ. In his life, in his words, in his ministry, his death, and his resurrection, Jesus gives us a backstage pass to see exactly what is going on behind the scenes. In a way, Jesus brings heaven to earth.
We see this in the way he lives in obedience to God the Father. We see it in his command over the wind and the waves. And we see it in his command over the spiritual forces at work in the world. In every aspect of his life, Jesus shows us heaven.
When Jacob caught even a glimpse of the reality behind his everyday experience, his response was awe, wonder, and worship.
When the disciples witnessed the power of God in Jesus, the reality behind their everyday experiences, their response was awe, wonder, and worship.
Doesn’t it stand to reason that when we witness the glory of God in Jesus, when we see the salvation he brings, the good he works, the change he can effect, our response should be awe, wonder, and worship?