January 28, 2017. Genesis 46 & 47.
Over and over again we see God telling his people “I am with you” and “do not be afraid.” Countless times he says this, and every time he keeps his word. So why is it then we doubt him?
The Bible is full of stories of God telling someone trust him and go wherever he leads. We see that his promise is always fulfilled, even when it is not in a way we originally thought.
2 And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!” “Here I am,” he replied. 3 “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”
God speaks to Jacob telling him to go to Egypt, Jacob, without hesitation responds, “Here I am.” That should always be our response, “Here I am.”
It is easier said than done at times. It is scary following blindly, putting your faith in the hands of someone you have never met face-to-face; someone who society says does not actually exist. It is hard when you are called to do or go somewhere you have never been before. It is hard when you are called to speak to that friend or family member about the most amazing gift of all. It is hard to follow Christ.
But, if it were easy we would not see the subtle gifts and blessings from God our Father. If it were easy, you would not cry out to Him when you seem to have lost all hope. If it were easy, you would not appreciate the peace you receive when reading His Word after a long and trying day.
It is the ultimate adventure. Following Christ is not supposed to be boring or easy, it is supposed to be an adventure, filled with amazing climbs and some deep valleys. It is an adventure that challenges you and grows you in ways that only following Christ in pure faith can happen.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
“I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” That is Christ’s promise to us.