January 12, 2015
“Behold, 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 spoken to you.” Genesis 28:15
It has been said that we are invincible until God is done with us. This is the promise that God was giving to Jacob. God would be with him and would accomplish what He had promised.
Paul was sitting in a Roman prison writing to his good friends, the church at Philippi. He thanked God for their unwavering faith and for their partnership in the gospel with him. He loved them and he wanted to encourage their walk with Jesus. He said, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:6, ESV) What confidence Paul had in the faithfulness of God!
In verse 29 of the same chapter we see that the Philippians had been experiencing some persecution. But this difficulty was not something to be shunned or ashamed of, or even to be delivered from, but it was a privilege. “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also to suffer for his sake.” (Philippians 1:29)
Suffering is part of the deal. It is part of the plan. It is part of what we call being a Christian. But we have to also know that God will not leave us alone in our trouble. Noah wasn’t left alone, but was brought through the flood and made it to dry land. (Genesis 8:13-19) When Jesus told the disciples that they were going to the other side of the sea, even when a deadly storm arose, he did not leave or abandon them; they made it to the other side. (Luke 8:22-27)
In The Valley Of Vision, “Blessings” it says “Apart from thee I quickly die, bereft of thee I starve, far from thee I thirst and droop; But thou art all I need. Let me continually grasp the promise, ‘I will never leave thee not forsake thee.'”
That promise is found in two places. The first is Joshua 1:3-5, which says, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.”.
This returns us to the faithfulness of God, promised to Jacob. In Genesis 28:13-14, just before the verse we started with, it says, “…“I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”
Exactly the promise literally fulfilled though Joshua and ultimately through the faithfulness of Jesus on the cross, through whom all those of the nations of the earth who call upon his name are blessed.
And the other in Hebrews 13:5. But it also goes on to verse six which says, “So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
So, don’t worry. Don’t fret. God is on your side and he will accomplish the work that he began in you. You and I are invincible until that work is done, and we don’t want to be here a minute longer than when He is through. May this bring great joy and comfort to your anxious heart.