“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
What happened to the days when people would spend summer evenings sitting on the porch swing watching the flicker of fireflies and listening to the rhythmic cadence of a cricket choir? Those were times when people put in a day of hard work but balanced it with an evening of rest.
Now, instead of swinging on porch swings, we sit mesmerized in front of computer screens for long hours at a stretch, often oblivious to the people around us. Husbands and wives trade office computers for home PCs while children trade outside play for DVDs. In the midst of all the scramble, we have become like millions of little robots, running to and fro, going nowhere. The situation has reached such endemic proportions that psychologists have even diagnosed a new modern addiction called “computer addiction.”
For all of our labor-saving devices, we have less time than ever to “smell the roses”. Not only that, but professionals in highly stressful careers like law and medicine are leaving established careers in greater numbers to pursue a simpler way of life. It reminds me of the old movie, “Stop the World; I want to Get Off!”
The pivotal question is: Where are we going? Is all this frantic mania leading us to where we really want to go? Or, as business pundits put it, is our ladder leaning against the wrong wall? Many people seem to think it is and, consequently, have taken measures to get off the ladder altogether or to move it to the right wall.
But what is the right wall? The Bible gives us a clue in Genesis 28:12. There we get a picture of Jacob’s ladder and the wall it was leaning on. Jacob, son of Isaac and Rebecca, had a dream in which “a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.”According to some Bible commentators, this ladder Jacob dreamed about was probably a huge pile of rocks whose indentations formed steps, as it were, thus creating a ladder to Heaven. Regardless of what the ladder was made of, it was a vision on Jacob’s part into the spirit realm.
The point is that Jacob’s ladder (or life) was leaning on Heaven or, in other words, on the things of God. Bible commentators further tell us that Jacob’s ladder represents Jesus Christ, the only connection between earth and Heaven or man and God. So we learn from Jacob’s dream that his ladder was leaning on God through trust in the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Because of this, Jacob experienced God’s protection. As we read a few verses later, God said to Jacob, “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go…”(Genesis 28:15). Jacob’s ladder was leaning on the right wall–the wall of God. This wall is sturdy and leads to life. At the top of Jacob’s ladder stood God, the Author and Sustainer of life.
On what wall is your ladder leaning? Is it leaning on the wall of the stock market, the government, your job? Who or what is waiting for you at the top of your ladder? If it’s not God, then you’d better climb down and move your ladder. Perhaps you may need to get a new ladder altogether. If your ladder is not Jesus Christ, the only way to God, then your ladder is worthless.
Jesus said, “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). If you’re tired of climbing the wrong ladder or if you’ve reached the top only to find out that your ladders has been leaning against the wrong wall, turn to Jesus. He promised that if you’d come to Him, He’d give you rest.
Questions: 1) Are you climbing the wrong ladder of success? 2)) Do you need to step down? 3) Do you have the courage to step down?
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