The promise of God – Presence, Preservation & Provision


Genesis 28:15 records the words of the Lord God in Jacob’s dream. It reads “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

This is a wonderful promise of the Lord God unto Jacob, and close scrutiny of the text reveals that the Lord God promised his
– presence (I am with thee; I will not leave thee),
– preservation (I will keep thee in all places)
and his
– provision (I will bring thee again into this land).

Points to ponder:
To all who are Jesus’ disciples, who love him and follow him, he promised his
– presence for he said that he will be with us always (Matthew 28:20) and that he will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
– preservation by his Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23) who would seal (Ephesians 1:13) and preserve (keep) us so that we may keep the faith (2 Timothy 4:7)
and his
– provision of the promise land where he has gone to prepare a place for us so that where he is, we may be also (John 14:3).

So the question that remains to be answered is, are you assured of the Lord God’s promise of his presence, preservation and provision? In other words, are you his disciple i.e., do you love him and follow him? Think about that. Love God and Love man for in doing so will people know that we are Jesus’ disciples and you can be assured of God presence, preservation and provisions in your life.

Genesis 28:15 (KJV)
15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

All the families of the earth shall be blessed …


Enroute to Haran, running away from his brother Esau, whom he had deceived, Jacob comes to a certain place where he stayed for the night as the sun had set. He took the stones of that place and used them as pillows and lay down to sleep. And in his dream, he saw a ladder set up on the earth reaching into heaven and saw the angels of God ascending and descending on it and on the top of the ladder, he saw the Lord standing. The Lord said “I am the Lord God of Abraham, your father and the God of Isaac and the land where you lay, I will give to you and to your seed. Your seed shall be numerous, as the dust of the earth and you shall spread in all directions (west, east, north and south) and in you and in your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Then the Lord assured Jacob that he was with Jacob (i.e., will be present with Jacob), and would never leave him, and will keep him in all places where he goes (i.e., will preserve and protect Jacob), and will bring Jacob into this land (i.e., will provide for Jacob) until all that the Lord had promised would come to pass. (Genesis 28:10-15).

First, note that Jacob who was the grandson of Abraham is referred to here as the child of Abraham. Second, it is important to note that God’s presence, preservation, protection and provision was assured to Jacob along with a blessing that Jacob and his seed would be a blessing to all the families of the earth.

Points to ponder:
First, all who are of the faith, who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord, Savior and King are referred to as children of Abraham (Galatians 3:7). Second, God’s promise of his presence, preservation, protection and provisions is for all who are Abraham’s children. He blessed those who believe in him, to be a blessing to others and expects that through us and our children, all families of the earth shall be blessed. Question: Are you and I who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ a blessing to others? Are the families of the earth blessed on account of us?

Genesis 28:10-15 (KJV)
10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

Willful disobedience of Esau


Genesis 28:1-9 (KJV) gives the account of Isaac, calling and blessing Jacob, and requesting that he did not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. Instead, Isaac sends him off to his father-in -law’s house (the house of Bethuel). He asks Jacob to go to Padanaram where Betheul and his son, Laban lived and asked Jacob that he married one of Laban’s daughters. Then he blesses Jacob with the blessing of Abraham and sent him away.

Now when Esau had seen that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and learned of his father’s request of Jacob to not marry a daughter of the Canaanites, knowing that the daughters of Canaan did not please Isaac, his father, went to Ishmael and willfully disobeyed his father, taking not one but two wives from his uncle Ishmael’s daughters. This gives insight into how much Esau despised spiritual things, once again gratifying his fleshly desires, over the matters of the Spirit.

Points to ponder:
Before we end up judging Esau for his worldly ways, let us take a moment to introspect, for many a times, I find myself to be willfully disobedient to God and his Holy Spirit; in union with the world in more than one way. Jacob obeyed his father unlike his brother Esau. Let us not be willfully disobedient gratifying the desires of our flesh, but instead let us submit to the Holy Spirit and to the will of God, the Father.

Genesis 28:1-9 (KJV)
And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.
And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.
When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughers of Canaan;
And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;
And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.