Read Genesis 28:10-15

“And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.” (v. 15)

   Isaac prayed the blessing of his father, Abraham, upon his son Jacob, and admonished him not to take a wife from among the Canaanites, but go to Pandanaram to seek a wife.  With this blessing, and in obedience to his parents, Jacob set off on what had the appearance of a lonely voyage.  He was heading for a place he had never been, looking for an uncle he had never met, and seeking a wife among a people he had never known.  In the face of the “unknowns” the LORD spoke, assuring Jacob that He would be with him throughout the journey.

Life is filled with “unknowns” and the future can appear foreboding in light of our life quests. Friends, even family, cannot always be with us when we need someone.   Jesus seemed to realize this for He promised “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”  (Matt. 28:20) It is a promise of fellowship similar to what Jacob received; no task or hardship has to be faced alone. We can share our cares and concerns, our struggles and successes, our trials and temptations; in so doing the promise of His presence bolsters us!  (Rodney Stearns)

“Walk in the light! So shalt thou know

That fellowship of love,

His Spirit only can bestow

Who reigns in light above.

                              -- Bernard Barton


The blessing of fellowship is felt

through the practiced awareness of His presence!