Jacob must leave Beersheba, the place that represents the seven attributes of God as found in Isaiah, and descend to Haran, the place that represents “wrath”: a place of lies, deceptions, struggle and hardship; a place in which material concerns consume one’s days and nights, sapping one’s energy, confusing one’s priorities, and all but obscuring the purpose for which one has come there in the first place. On his descent from Beersheba to Haran, Jacob stops at a “certain place” and spent the night there, because the sun had set; “and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place.” The entire world as an organic whole is the physical representation of the spiritual realm. Physical action affects the spiritual realm, while in turn spiritual accomplishments affect the physical realm.
We live in a physical universe which is really just a shadow of the “real thing,” the spiritual cosmos. We are given the ability to manipulate the spiritual cosmos and bring it to perform through our physical action, words, and thought. Living in the shadows as we do, we cannot always understand what the purpose of our shadow actions/words is. However, they are as crucial to our well-being as to the well-being of the cosmos: only our real selves, our spiritual aspect (our God spark) can comprehend their true meaning.
The story of Jacob’s journey to Haran is the story of every soul’s descent to the physical world. The soul, too, achieves its enduring significance only upon its descent into Haran. Only as a physical being, invested within a physical body and inhabiting a physical environment, can it fulfill the purpose of its creation, which is to build “a dwelling for God in the physical world.”
Application to Life Today
Do you feel today as if you have descended to Haran? Have you been a victim of someone’s lies and deceptions? Are you facing a hardship and feel as if life is a struggle? Are you in a place in which material concerns consume your days and nights, sapping your energy; confusing your priorities and all but obscuring the purpose for which you have come there in the first place? Let me assure you of a few things:
- You are NOT being punished by God for committing some sin! God is creating in you an experience which helps you offer love and compassion to others. If you have had a similar experience to someone you are ministering to, then you aren’t as likely to judge their circumstance as you are to offer them love and support; compassion and kindness. It is because of this experience that a bond can be made between you and this person will feel they can trust you more than others.
- We have all heard the saying, “You have to hit rock bottom to look up.” There is truth in this statement. Hitting rock bottom doesn’t necessarily mean that you do not have a relationship with God, it can mean that God is birthing something great in you! With birth comes pain, but in the end you are holding this beautiful miracle of God! Holiness comes at a cost! Abraham had to purchase Sarah’s burial place even though the men were willing to give it to him because he was creating a holy space in the physical realm! When we hit rock bottom, we have descended on the ladder and there will be an ascension, God will not leave us at rock bottom. Trust Him in this descent because He is going to bring you to higher levels.
So, as you find yourself sitting in Haran, a place of hardship, ask God what the purpose of you being there is. Ask Him what He is creating in new in you. Ask him how this applies to your Divine mission. Do not become hopeless because with God there is always hope! Just as a pregnant woman faces times of discomfort and pain throughout her pregnancy and during birth, you will face times of discomfort and pain; but when that bouncing baby is placed in her arms, she welcomes it with love and adoration recognizing it as the miracle gift from God. The end result is always worth the pain and suffering you go through to arrive at the next level!
It may not “feel” good right now, but just hold on tight to God because He raising you from Haran to Beersheba. Remember, you have to descend to ascend. He will bring you peace and He will bless you even while you are in Haran. It was in Haran that 11 of Jacob’s 12 children were born. It was in Haran that 11 of the 12 tribes of Israel, God’s people, came into existence. It is through this descent, through the crushing, that you are creating a dwelling place for God in the physical world! Ultimately, that is our Divine calling, to create here in the physical realm, a dwelling place for God! Just as Jesus prayed, “Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.”
Father, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, just as Your son prayed for You will to be done here on earth, we, too, pray for Your will to be done, not ours. Father, if we could see the big picture of our lives, we would choose to avoid the crushing and painful aspects of it, we may not be willing to endure them, but You protect us from that knowledge. Thank you for letting us know that when we are in the crushing, when we are descending to Haran, that it is not because we are being punished but because You are creating in us a new thing. Thank you for trusting us to create for You a dwelling place here in the physical realm, that invites You to camp with us, walk with us, and talk with us. May each person we encounter experience You while in our presence. May they desire the relationship with You that we have. May we always be vessels that You can use for the furtherance of Your kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus name. Amen!