God’s PROMISES will NEVER FAIL in our LIVES: And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: "I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 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 spoken to you." (Gen 28:13-15)
While Jacob was traveling to his mother's ancestral home, he stopped at a place called Luz, which means separation, and lay down to sleep using a stone as a pillow. At this time Jacob’s heart was probably filled with regret for the past, loneliness in the present, and uncertainty about the future. However, while sleeping Jacob had a wonderful dream in which he saw a ladder extending from earth to heaven and angels going up and coming down through the ladder.
Then Jacob saw God standing on top of the ladder speaking to him directly for the very first time and identified Himself as the God whom both Abraham and Isaac had believed. Then God gave Jacob some precious promises that He would fulfill in his life. Through these promises, God graciously made a covenant with him as He had with Abraham and Isaac. We can clearly see God's promises to Jacob consisted of four different aspects:
- Companionship: “I am with you”
- Safety: “I will keep you wherever you go”
- Guidance: “and will bring you back to this land”
- Personal guarantee: “I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you”
As we read Jacob’s story, it is clear that God’s promises never failed in Jacob’s life…every promise was fulfilled eventually. God was with Jacob working for him throughout his life journey. Jacob may have been separated from home, but he was not separated from heaven! In fact, later God was addressed as the ‘God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’ (Ex. 3:15). Let us always remember that God’s promises in our lives will never fail.
"All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever." (Isaiah 40:6-8)