I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto Me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred. Genesis 31:13 (KJV)

Laban, Jacob’s father in law was beginning to get uneasy for Jacob to live with.  God had prospered Jacob while working for Laban.  He was being paid for his labor in livestock; sheep and cattle was the wealth of the family, and Jacob had acquired quite the herd of wealth.  Just about the time, according to the record, that Jacob realized this conundrum was happening God tells Jacob to return to the land where he was born, or “the land of your fathers (Genesis 31:3).

Jacob is reminded of his first encounter with God twenty years earlier at Bethel. God had appeared to him in a dream which had angels ascending and descending on a staircase which reached up to heaven (Genesis 28:12).  Remember also, that Jacob was driven from the land by the threats of his angry brother Esau.  God’s promise in verse three of this chapter, “…and I will be with you” is one that would ease Jacob’s fear and apprehension of returning to that promised land.

As Christians, we must always realize that God is with us.  God is not only with us; He is within us because He has given us His Holy Spirit.  The Spirit of God – the Holy Spirit – comes into the life of everyone who calls on the name of Jesus Christ for salvation (See Romans 8:9). If you do not have the Spirit of God within, who guides you into holiness, righteousness, and worshipful, and joyful living.

Maybe you too, have gone on a journey, have met God, and He has blessed you but you need to return to the place where God wants you.  He will guide you.  He will comfort you and meet your needs.  God’s land of promise for the Christian is wherever He has placed us and given us peace.

If you have not met God yet, then call on the name of Jesus.  He has died for your sins, was buried, and He rose again.  He will hear your earnest plea.

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