So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him and commanded him take a wife for yourself there from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. Genesis 28:1-2
How often have children blamed their parents for the way they grew up? Jacob could not say that. He was loved and spoiled especially by his mother.
It was evident that Isaac and Rebekah were not happy with Esau’s choice of brides so Rebekah used this reason to get Jacob away from Esau. She didn’t mention to Isaac that she wanted to send Jacob to her brother so that he would get away from the anger of his brother, but she did mention the fact that he could choose a wife there from among her family. Isaac seemed to like the idea. So he blessed Jacob, told him not to take a wife from the Canaanites and sent him away. I’m sure there was a sigh of relief on Rebekah’s part but little did she realize that she would never see Jacob again.
Jacob had traveled approximately forty miles that day when he finally stopped to rest. Undoubtedly he wanted to get as far away from his brother as he could. This was the first time he was away from home and away from his mother. The Bible tells us that he laid down to rest laying his head on a stone for a pillow. He may have been away home but he was not away from God.
That night the Lord came to Jacob in a dream reassuring him that the blessing promised to Abraham would be carried on through him. God also promised His presence, guidance and protection. Jacob responded to the presence of God as His personal encounter began and he would never be the same.
God may not appear to us on a stairway as He did to Jacob; however He comes to us daily. In actuality the Lord is our stairway, not One we can climb, but One we can trust.