“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
Jacob cheated on his brother Esau and fooled his father Isaac to get the blessings of the first-born. He ran away from his family and was travelling alone. But God was still with Jacob and in a dream, God showed Jacob a ladder from heaven with angels ascending and descending. And God said to him, “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go..” (Genesis 28:15).
Yes, Jacob sinned against God and was running away from his family. But our God is still faithful even when we are faithless (Refer 2 Timothy 2:13).
Similarly, when Jacob was running away from his father-in-law Laban and also running towards trouble with Esau, we see that God blessed Jacob after he brought him out alone (Refer Genesis 32:29).
At times, when we do not sense or realize that God is still with us and are afraid of the worldly circumstances, He might isolate us to guide, strengthen and bless us with an out of the ordinary personal relationship with Him.
God watches over us all the time, as the entire Psalm 121 showcases that we are always watched and kept by Him. “Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” ( Psalm 121:4)
Joseph was stripped of his robes by his brothers and was sold to the Midianites, who in turn sold him to Potiphar of Egypt. Joseph probably would have been almost naked and miserable. Though all of his brothers forsook him and his father never knew the reality, the Lord was with Joseph and even Joseph’s master saw that the Lord was with him. (Refer Genesis 39:2,3)
Though we are running away from God and our family because of what we may have done or even though the world or situation has forced us into loneliness, forsaken by or separated from our loved ones, there is always one who sticks closer than a brother, Our Lord Jesus Christ (Refer Proverbs 18:24).
God never meant man to be alone and that’s why He said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” (Genesis 2:18)
While being in Prison, Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians, and attested to the Roman guards, the gospel of Grace (Refer Philippians 1:12-14). John was made known the Revelation of Jesus Christ, when he was banished to the island of Patmos and set alone. (Refer Revelation 1:9)
God says, “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.” (Refer Hosea 2:14).
At times when we feel all alone, let down and forsaken, we need to say to ourselves, “You are never alone because God is with you”. And these are exactly the times, we can get more personal and intimate with Him. These not-so-good times are the best times to hear God clearly and have the closest walk we would have ever had with Him.
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