Verse for Today: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Genesis 32:1 – Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
When we follow God’s commandments and leave behind earthly prospects, He meets us on our way to confirm that He will sustain us and take us forward. When we are homeless and depraved, He becomes our dwelling place, strengthen and comfort. We find angelic missions to us when we are down and out. It was at such a time that the angel met with Gideon to call, commission and comfort him. When Elijah was at the desert of discouragement, God sent His angel to strengthen him and revive his sagging emotions and body. Angels rescued Peter from the prison. Angels went to speak to Abraham to renew God’s promises to him to keep hoping and trusting. When we see Jacob at the crossroads of his life, angels went to reassure him of God’s promises and welcome him to Canaan. The angelic welcome was to reassure God’s presence for His homeless tent dweller in times of various emotional and physical needs. There were dangers all around and uncertainties surrounded him, with no kin or friend to support. But Jacob had the promises of God written on the walls of his heart. Jacob’s separation from Paddan Aram was rewarded by God with a heavenly welcome through divine emissaries. For a lonely, friendless and homeless Jacob, the welcome of the angels was most encouraging to keep going. He realized that when God was for him, no other force on earth could be against him. The angelic welcome reassured him of the power and strength of God for him to draw upon to live by faith. Jacob could easily recognize angels because he got used to seeing angels before at Bethel. When Jacob saw the angels, he forgot all about his uncertainties, and became excited about the presence, providence and protection of God for his unknown future. This reassurance kept Jacob going through the dark valleys of life and to emerge as a blessing to others. Jacob challenges us today to open our spiritual eyes to see the angelic protection force and the hand of God around us to keep going when the going gets tough.
Dear friend, there is no need for you to be exasperated because your future looks dim and cloudy. But it is bright when you look at life through the eyes of God. Even if you are directed to go through the dark valleys of life for a time, your Lord is with you to take you forward. His angels welcome you and take you through the steps of faith. Often when you obey the instructions and call of God, there might not be anything for you to hold on to. The world and the enemy of your soul will try to mock you about your foolish decisions to come out of plenty, prominence and prosperity to uncertainty and inadequacy. Your flesh might challenge your decision to follow the homeless and moneyless Jesus Christ and experience depravity and isolation. All help and support might elude you and single you out in the dark avenues of Canaan at dusk. Your nights might not be starry and without moonlight. Your days might be hot and without shadows. But you will live under the shadow of the Almighty and at the side of the cool waters and green pastures of your great Shepherd whose sheep lack nothing good. Open your eyes to see the angelic protection and divine provisions for you. The Spirit of God leads you to the golden promises that are in His Word for you to cling on to as you continue to sojourn in the land of God’s choice for you. Remember, you are moving forward at the call and commission of your Lord and so He will see to it that your needs are met as you continue to be a witness for Him.
Psalms 18:32 – It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
Thought for Today
In the darkest valleys of life, God will brighten our vision to reassure us to keep going.
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