Friday: 12th July, 2019

Reference text: Genesis 46:1-6, 28-30

Genesis 46:3, 4 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for there will I make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

When you find yourself in a certain kind of environment over a period of time, you are likely to gain insight into some dynamics outsiders may not be privy to. So whether one frequents the classroom as a teacher or works as a health professional, you come to understand that when students are anxious about upcoming examinations or people are concerned about their symptoms, words of reassurance that they have access to the help they need often works much better than the most potent Benzodiapine drug.

The words ‘you are not alone’ or actions that suggest this thought can go a long way to make a difference in the lives of others. We may deem them trivial, but at various points in time, there have been profound moments where the reassurances we received from others spurred us on to keep going. Imagine then, if those reassurances came from God? But that is exactly what happens with Jacob.

He had to make a decision that involved a movement of all he had lived and worked for: his family and all he possessed to another land. Such was the magnitude of this move that God stepped in to offer significant reassurances: ‘I am GOD, so don’t be afraid to move, for I will go with you, make you a great nation and bring you back’. That my dear, was the statement that got Jacob moving – the realisation that he was not alone.

So if are you anxious about your next move or are worried sick and too afraid to step out because you wonder if you might find yourself standing alone, there is news for you- God gives you reassurances that He is with you. So even if you had decided to go it alone, change your mind about going solo and team up with Him. If you had also decided to stay put, then you are assured you can step forward.


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