Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Genesis 28:15

There is so much evidence of God's promises to us in this verse.

"I am with you and will keep you wherever you go"; whatever is going on, good, bad, scary, ugly, happy.  God with us.  Emmanuel.  

There is peace and comfort in believing God's eternal promise to be present with us, and with those whom we love.  With so many loved ones and friends lately facing extremely difficult situations, it has been reassuring indeed for me  knowing that God is with them and will keep them safe, close, and protected wherever they go, through whatever trial they are enduring. 

"And will bring you back to this land" refers to God vowing to Jacob (soon to be renamed “Israel”) that He will return him to the Promised Land at some point.  I believe that God will bring us all of his children back to where they need to be, when the time is right.  God was with me, even when I turned my back on him for over 30 years (as a child does at times to a parent).  He stood steadfast, waiting for me to turn back around and He led me back home.

"I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."  This is the ultimate promise. God won't leave.  "I will not leave you" are powerful words to speak and to receive.  I think about Stephen Ministers and other people with the gift of care; who walk alongside those facing difficult times, who offer the gift of their presence no matter what the situation. 

Who are they but God with skin on?   

Mrs. B