Thursday, January 10, 2013

His Promise, Our Daily Bread

UV 633/10,000 The Promise “ And, behold, I am with you and will keep you in all places where you go, and will bring you again into this land; for I will not leave you, until I have done that which I have promised you.” Genesis 28 v 15 Many people go in search of God to different places. But, in this uni-verse, the Lord God assures us that instead of us searching or going to Him, He will come to us. His presence is always with us. He will watch over us in all places we go to. The word “ keep” implies that He will provide, protect and promote us. These are the three “ pros” hidden in the word “ promise”. This is our daily need or daily bread that we rely upon the Lord to meet: to protect, provide and promote us. Wherever we go, He promises to bring us back safely to our home or land. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He commits to fulfill His promise to us. Holding onto the promise of God is key to our lives becoming secure, prosperous, successful, joyful and blessed. Even the murderous Cain received a mark of protection from God so that no one killed him. The Lord God has sealed every believer in the promise so that he or she is provided for , protected and promoted. Jacob had run away from his parents’ home fearing his brother Esau. He was a fugitive who feared that his brother Esau would take revenge for usurping the latter’s blessing as the first born. But, even as He tried to run away, the Lord appeared to him in a dream and assured him with these words. It was not because Jacob was worthy of such a blessing but it was on account of God’s faithfulness to His promise to Abraham that the Lord met him in the wilderness. Jacob responded to the Lord’s promise saying that as long as the Lord provided food and clothing to him, He would be His God. We too like Jacob are running away from some thing we fear. Our human resourcefulness or cunning might often ensnare us. But, the Lord meets us at the point of our fear and allays it with His presence and His Word. Jacob realized the presence of God through a specific dream. We too will receive and recognize signs of God’s presence with us. Today, the Lord has provided us much more than mere food and clothing, but are we grateful to the Lord or do we take for granted the many blessings He has bestowed on us? Jacob called the place where He received this promise, “ Bethel” or the house of God. Where we dwell is Bethel, the house of God. The promise of God will rise like the walls of a house that is being built around us. That is why it is written in Scripture that "His eyes are ever on our walls and our names are printed in the palm of His hands." We can be assured that the Lord will not leave us till His promise is fulfilled. In short, He will not leave us for the rest of eternity. He is steadfastly committed to His promise and to the people who accept and declare Him as their Lord even as Jacob did. We must not forget the word from the Lord spoken to us. It will be fulfilled in His time. Prateep V Philip

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