And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! Genesis 28:12
Jacob is on his way to find a wife in Paddam Haran. On the way, he stops to get some sleep and has a dream. Earth is connected to heaven by a ladder. On it, angels are going back and forth between the two worlds. The story doesn’t say that angels came down – and then went up. It reveals the angels first ascended – before they descended.
It’s a good reminder that angels live with us, seeing to our needs, doing God’s work, and following God’s orders. Their daily activities transcend two realms, the physical on earth and the spiritual in heaven. So much happens in the supernatural! God’s purposes are being carried out today by His army of angels. He is Commander in Chief of them all. While I don’t worship them, I’m in awe of the God they serve and the reason they were sent here. Their activities speak of the vastness of God’s prevailing love for His children. He ordained angels to serve us.
They are protecting us, singing to us, bringing us God’s specific word for us, soothing the ragged edges of our souls, and providing cover when the enemy comes close. Right now, at the right hand of the Father, additional orders are being given to care for us, and that care continues until the day we arrive home to God’s arms. We are not orphans – left to fend for ourselves. The Holy Spirit lives and works inside of us and angels live and work around us.
The kingdom realm is meant to be more real to me than the tangible world I can see, taste, and feel. God connects me to it as He communes with me in my Spirit. In January of 2007, I prayed, “Lord, open the heavens and show me your glory!” It was my prayer every day that year and I will tell you that He did that so creatively. It was a year of heightened understanding of the scriptures, increased dreams, and beholding the glory of God in places I was previously unaware.
Most likely, at this very moment, angels are ascending to the throne on our behalf and will come back later today with God’s answer.
I am often consumed by earth and the futility of what happens here. I step out of this world into the kingdom. I am your well-cared-for child in a vast universe, attended to by angels. Just like You, Jesus. Amen