Jacob had fled his home after his brother threatened his life. He was on his way to a foreign land that he only knew from his mother’s descriptions. His great plan to secure his father’s blessings, and by extension God’s blessing, had blown up in his face. He was beaten down, anxious and alone.
At that moment, God revealed Himself in a vision of a stairway or a ladder with angels ascending and descending. The unmistakable message was that Jehovah was keenly aware, directly involved, and sovereignly in control of Jacob’s circumstances. “I will not leave you until I have fulfilled every promise I made.”
Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.
God’s presence does not depend on my awareness of it. Keeping His promises doesn’t rely on my remembrance of them. His sovereignty doesn’t require my recognition of it.
The presence of God infuses every situation, from the mundane to the life-or-death. How much more peace will I have when I recall He is there? How much more willing to take the next step would I be if I’m confident He is in control? How much more security comes from knowing He will keep His word?
So many times, like Jacob, I could say, Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.