Empowered by the Risen Lord
Vs.15 Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
We all have heard the story of Jacob’s dream a thousand times, where he saw a ladder resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven and angels of God ascending and descending. "13 And the Lord stood beside him".
This passage should be a reminder to all of us that the Lord our God, whom we serve, will watch over us wherever we go and will never leave us. The question is whether we are with Him and for Him. Though He never leaves us, we can essentially “leave” Him by ignoring Him. When our relationship with God feels distant, we know where the problem lies. It is we who have distanced ourselves from God. God made promises to Jacob in his dream; we must remember God is a promise keeper. In Isaiah 41:10 it says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” In our daily lives, we go through obstacles we may not be able to overcome on our own, but we have a loving God who picks us up when we fall down. He is our all in all.
Genesis 28:15 is a perfect verse for when we might be feeling alone or afraid. The verse reminds us that God is always with us. God will guide us through whatever we are facing. He will help us to understand whatever is confusing- we just need to ask Him. Even though, Jacob was a man who betrayed his brother and lied to his father, God still cared for Jacob. Stormie Omartian said, “When we receive Jesus, we are immediately released from the penalty for our past mistakes.”
Heavenly Father, we thank You Lord for watching over us and keeping Your promises. Help us daily to be reminded how great You are and fill our hearts with Your love. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6
Manju Mathew, Phoenix MTC, Arizona
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church