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July 11 / 100 WORDS

I AM WITH YOU

Today's Reading: Genesis 28-29

Key Verse: Genesis 28:15

…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.


God makes promises! In this way He encouraged Jacob. Jacob had heard the stories of God's promises to his grandfather, Abraham, and his father, Isaac, over and over again. It has been said, "God has no grandchildren." In other words, every generation must enter into a new, fresh relationship with God.

Jacob needed to hear from God. He was in a place of turmoil, running away from home, driven to desperate measures because of his own bad decisions. Jacob may have been blaming his dysfunctional family. No doubt that night trying to sleep with a stone as his pillow was truly a "dark night of the soul." But "between a rock and a hard place," God took the initiative and gave Jacob assurance of His Presence.

From this place going forward, Jacob knew he would never be alone again. God would fulfill all of His promises.


PRAYER FOR TODAY:

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I humbly call on You. Please speak to me. I need You! Please give me a promise for my life, for my future as You did for Jacob. In the Name of Your Son, Jesus, I pray. Amen!


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