Scripture Lesson:

And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

Genesis 28:15

Meditation

Jacob found himself in a very interesting place. Upon the coaching of his mother, he had stolen his brother’s blessing.   His brother had vowed to kill him so Jacob was on the run.  He was headed to his uncle’s home in the hopes of finding a wife and giving his brother some time to cool off.  But would his brother ever “cool off”?  Esau was known for being hot headed.  Jacob had really done it this time.  Esau was determined to get him, and there was no one who could save him.

As Jacob travels to his uncle’s, he stopped along the way to sleep. Apparently sleeping outside, he takes stones to make a pillow.  That night he dreams of a ladder that reaches heaven with angels of God ascending and descending.  He then sees God at the top of the ladder.  It is here that we find our promise for today.

God confirms his covenant with Jacob, as He did with Abraham and Isaac. He promises to multiply his seed as the dust on the earth and to give to him the land he promised his father and grandfather.  God promises to be with Jacob and to keep him wherever he goes.  He also assures him that He will bring him back to this land and that He will not leave Jacob until He had done what He has promised.

What does this reveal about the nature of God? The first thing it shows us is God’s faithfulness to those He has chosen.  Jacob was a trickster.  Jacob had not only stolen Esau’s blessing but had tricked him out of his birthright.  However, he was now chosen by God and God was going to stand by him.  We also see that God does not leave work undone.  Although Jacob would be gone for at least 14 years, God promised to bring him back on the land and not leave him.

This is also true of God in the life of the believer. Jesus assures us in Matthew 28:20 that He will be with us until the end of the world.  No matter what we are going through or what we face, God is always with us.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  We can depend on that.

Affirmations

God is with me. He will keep me wherever I go.  He will bring me into my land of promise.  I am so grateful for the promise that God will not leave me.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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