January 22, 2019

God Protects His children - Bro. T. Stephen

My dear Brothers   and sisters   in Christ,   I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given you for today is from the book of Genesis 31:24, ” Then God came to   Laban   the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, “Be careful   not  to say  anything to Jacob, either  good or bad.” Jacob had now become famous and prosperous in the land   of  Paddan Aram, in his uncles place.  Hence Laban grew jealous of him. One day Jacob, saw the countenance of  Laban  and indeed it was not favorable toward him as before. Then the Lord said to Jacob, “’Return to the Land of your fathers and to your kindred and I will be with you.” So Jacob took his wives ,  children and all his livestock.

Having heard that Jacob had fled with his wives and children and  all  his  flocks,  Laban  pursued after Jacob, along with his brethren , neighbors and acquaintance whom he gathered for himself. It was seven days journey. Laban somehow overtook Jacob. He  reached  Mount Gilead, late in the evening.  And since then,  he did not have conversation or did   he make an attempt to see Jacob until the morning. That night God appeared to him in a dream and said to him”. Be careful that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.”    Actually Laban intended to harass Jacob for running away secretly.  He asked him why he had carried away his daughters like captives. And why he had not informed him about his leaving. He further said that he would have sent Jacob away with joy and songs, with timbrel and harp. He said to Jacob, “Now you have done foolishly in so doing. It is in my power, to do you harm,   but the God of your father,  spoke to me last night,  saying,  Be careful that you speak to Jacob, neither good nor bad.”   

My dear Brothers and Sisters,  this instance depicts how God was mindful of his children. God loved Jacob. He was concerned about him. So He instructed him to return back to his father’s place after many , many years. Jacob  obeyed Gods word. Moreover God promised to be with him. God promises to be with you also. He says, Lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Fear not I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes I will help you.  I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. He will be with You, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.

God bless you.


Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord thank you for being so mindful of your children.  You also protect  them from the hands of their  enemies. We  bless your holy name for warning those who desire to harm us. May the Lord help us to live a life pleasing unto Him, in every manner.   In Jesus name we pray,


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