Summary: Often life becomes a big mess. God has a ladder that becomes an opportunity to climb above the obstacles of daily living. We can change.
THE MESS: THE LADDER UP: OPPORTUNITY.
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
WE TEND TO SEE OBSTACLES AS A MESS? THE PLAN OF GOD CAN SEE THIS OBSTACLES IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. THERE IS A LADDER THAT WILL GET ME OUT OF THIS MESS… CAN I SEE THE LADDER? THIS DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY SEEMS TO BE A TRAP.
You know the story… ABRAHAM is married to Sarah. They make a big mess by bringing HAGAR into the picture. This then makes the mess even messier. Hagar has a son by the flesh not by the promise. ISHMAEL then becomes a threat to the promise of God. ISAAC becomes the type of the SPIRIT MAN. The battle still exists to this day. The flesh and the promise of the spirit of God.
ISAAC is married to Rebekah. The dysfunction grows. Rebekah has two sons. ESAU and JACOB. They are opposites and fight from the womb. ESAU is the DADDY’S BOY. JACOB is the MOMMA’S BOY. There is parental favoritism from the started. Rebekah loves Jacob and will make a BIG MESS, she lies and cheats her husband and ESAU. WHAT A TERRIBLE MESS HUMANS CAN MAKE….
THERE IS A LADDER UP OUT OF THIS MAN MADE MESS… JACOB RUNS FOR HIS LIFE… BUT JACOB HAS THE PROMISE…
THE PROMISE IS BY FAITH.
Genesis 28:1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother. 3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; 4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
LIFE IS MORE THAN THE MESS OF THE DESTINATION, LIFE MESS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CLAIM THERE LADDER OUT OF THIS MESS. LET US GO BACK TO BETHEL, THE HOUSE OF GOD.
Genesis 28:11 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. 12 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. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
GOD IF YOU CAN TAKE MY MESS AND CHANGE MY LIFE, I WILL SERVE YOU.
Genesis 28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
WHO E? THIS MESS? THE PROMISE OF GOD REASSURES THE DYSFUNCTIONAL MESS INTO THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT…
Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
THIS MESS COULD ERODE THE FOUNDATION? HEAR THE CRY OF THE PEOPLE: ALL I WANT IS TO BE HAPPY! THERE COMES A LEADER THAT WILL BRING HAPPINESS FOR 3 ½ YEARS… BEWARE. I AM A WINNER! ARE YOU SURE? WE HAVE APPOINTMENTS MADE… WE MAKE CHOICES.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
MAKE THE MESS BIGGER? I CHALLENGE YOU: Go into any store that sells lottery tickets. Look into their garbage cans. You will find hundreds of losing tickets… Money, big money just garbage. I saw a lady spend $21.00 on tickets. She threw them all away except one, SHE HAD A WINNING TICKET. I heard a lady bragging she won $3.00. Wait a minute? I saw her cash the ticket in she purchased $3.00 worth of tickets that she threw into the garbage can. I heard her as she going out the door, she told a friend she won $3.00. That $3.00 cost her $24.00.