Genesis 28:11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. Jacob was running away. He had a difficult day. His brother, Esau, was threatening to kill him. It wasn't enough that he had tricked him out of his birthright. Now, he had done the unthinkable. He had deceived his father into thinking he was Esau to get the blessing Isaac was going to receive. A father's blessing was so very important. And now Esau was raging mad. It was all his mother's fault. She had prodded him to do it. And then, she came up with the plan to send him away to her people to find a wife. Jacob, who loved to dwell in the tents of home, now fleeing for his life. Oh, he was so weary. He had to rest. He couldn't go any further just yet. No sheepskin to rest on. Just these hard stones. This is such a hard place. What will become of me?
And as Jacob, worn and weary from all the drama of the day and from all the running, lay down to sleep, he dreamed of a stairway reaching up to heaven. Angels were going up and down the ladder. And then God was there. He introduced Himself as God. He told him he would bring him back to this land and give it to him and his descendants. When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it." He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven."
And then Jacob took that hard stone and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. That hard place became a place of worship.
What about you? Been in a hard place like that? In one now? That hard place can become a place into which God can come. Where did you first meet God? How did He first make His entrance into your life? Have you wandered away from HIm? There is no place too hard for Him. There is no place too far from Him. Watch for the door. All Jacob did was to rest. Maybe you, too, need to cease striving and just rest. God just might show up and speak a word to you.
And Jacob turned toward the Lord. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father's house, then the LORD will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth." This hard place became the house of God.