Monuments to God’s Faithfulness

“When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.’ He was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.’ Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.”

– Genesis 28:16-19

Even though Jacob had tricked his way into receiving the birthright and his father’s blessing, he realized that his Heavenly Father would not withhold good things from his future because of it. Since the joy that washed over him in that place was great, he resolved to memorialize it, so he took the stone he’d used as a pillow the night before and designated it as a monument to the Lord’s faithfulness. 

Though that city had previously been called Luz, he renamed it Bethel, which means house of God. By establishing a physical reminder of divine goodness, he distinguished that location as a milestone upon which he could reflect when the road got especially rough.

My friend, it’s good to mark monuments to God’s faithfulness in your life. Though you may be forced to spend extended periods of time in a place of struggle, it’s important to commemorate those moments in which you knew for certain you experienced the Lord’s presence. Because your Savior is unceasingly faithful, there will always be mountaintops from which to gain perspective between the long, dark valleys He leads you through. As you behold the expanse of His majesty while atop those high places, you can memorialize His goodness and look back upon it when the view is not as clear. 


Jesus, teach me to commemorate milestones in my walk with you so I can draw upon them to withstand future tests and trials.


What are the milestones and monuments to God’s faithfulness in your life?

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