His comfortable life had suddenly been thrown into turmoil. His older brother, mad with rage that he had been deceived and supplanted for a second time had promised to kill him. His brother was not a man to make threats lightly.
He fled from the parents and the home life that he loved and travelled to put as much distance between himself and his brother as possible. As darkness fell, too afraid to go into the nearby town, he lay down in the open with nothing but a rock for a pillow.
The man’s name? Jacob.
That very night he had a dream and a message of comfort and of hope from God. “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28v15
Sometimes it can feel like our lives have been turned upside down. Sometimes it can feel like God has deserted us. Sometimes God is is with us without us realising it.
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it. Genesis 28v16
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