Although last week's Thursday's Word has the same name, this one is different.
HARD PLACES. There is an old saying that I use to hear a lot growing up. I think that describes a lot of what we are going through right today. "If you made that bed hard, you just lie there."
It is because we are sleeping on beds that we made ourselves. Some have made beds that are soft, fluffy, and feathery….easy to sleep on. You are blessed with having good dreams. Others have made the mistake of making their beds hard…rough, tough, pins, needles, and knives in them…nightmares are made when we sleep on hard beds. We chose these beds by the choices we made early in life. Some came about because we felt we knew it all and did not have to listen to the advice of the wise men and women who had “been there” and “done that”. We wanted to believe that will not happen to me because I am wiser than all of them giving me advice, although, you were barely eighteen or twenty-one at the time.
This reminds me of Jacob in the Bible. Jacob needed salvation. He was surrounded by people who loved him and would willingly save him, but they were not able to do so. Salvation is an individual need and an individual experience. Jacob needed to know God for himself. He was taken to a hard place in (Genesis 28:10-12) “And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” The ladder that Jacob saw was no other than Jesus Christ himself! Jesus is the way you get to heaven. He can be that bridge that you need to cross over your troubled waters. (I Tim ) “For there is one God, and one meditator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Just as surely as you fall asleep each night upon your pillow, God is needing to use that pillow and turn it into a pillar of faith. The God of a hard place will show up just for you! Jacob was in a dark place, a hard place, a confused place, he was tired, and it was night time. His pillow became a pillar of faith because he learned that JESUS was the rock. You can rest on the rock of Jesus Christ because He is the Rock of your Salvation.
May God continue to bless you is my prayer.