Advent is our spiritual growth campaign where we have devotionals for you and your family starting December 1st. We walk through the lineage of Jesus leading up to his birth on Christmas morning. You can do the devotional as an individual or family or both!

DECEMBER 7th

I am with you. I will watch over you everywhere you go. And I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. -Genesis 28:15

PAUSE
Isaac grew up and he himself had a son. His name was Jacob. When Jacob got older, he went on a journey to find a wife. It was a very long trip, so Jacob found a smooth rock to lay his head on and fell asleep. While he was sleeping, Jacob had a special dream sent from God. In his dream, there was a ladder that went all the way up into heaven. Angels were on the ladder, and God was at the top. God said to Jacob, “I will give you and your children this place to live. Just like your father Isaac and your grandfather Abraham before you, I will give you many children. They will be like the dust of the earth that can’t be counted. I am still unfolding my wonderful rescue plan to save my people from sin. I promised I would bring this savior from your family line. I will keep you safe wherever you go, and I will always keep my promises.” After this dream, Jacob knew he would never be alone. Jesus, God’s son, is the only way we can get close to God. He is like our ladder to heaven. He makes us right, forgiven, and holy. He gives us the Holy Spirit so we can live like Jesus while we are on earth. Jacob trusted God and knew that he would always be by his side. God is always with us, too!

DISCUSSION
In what ways have you seen that God is always with you and working through you? Why do we find this hard to believe at times? Why does this truth make the Christian so bold and strong?

PRAY
Thank you, God, for always being with us wherever we go. Thank you for sending Jesus to be our ladder to heaven so we can be with you forever. Amen.

ACTIVITY
Advent tree & ornaments: If you don’t already have an ornament for today, craft or find an ornament that corresponds with today’s content - Jacob’s Ladder. Then hang your seventh ornament on the tree.

Family memories: Make a ladder out of popsicle sticks glued to paper. Have the kiddos color themselves at the bottom of the ladder with God at the top. Then draw a big cross on top of the ladder, and show your children that Jesus is the bridge to heaven!