Thanks for coming back! Glad you can join us for the next of these 24 Advent devotionals on the theme “God with us.”
Yesterday we saw how from the very beginning, God wished to dwell near His people. Today we discover that His desire has never changed, even though Adam and Eve rebelled against Him and now lived in exile outside His garden. In Genesis 12, God made a promise to Abraham to go with him into a new land. After Abraham died, God made a similar promise to Abraham’s son, Isaac: “Do not be afraid, for I am with you…I will do this because of my promise to Abraham.” (26:24) And later to Isaac’s son, Jacob: “I am the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of your father Isaac…I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go.” (28:13,15)
When God makes a promise, He does not change His mind. And today, thousands of years later, His desire is still to enjoy the companionship of His children and their children. Looking back, I see how the Lord walked with both my grandfathers. He guided my father through a World War. And now He walks by my side.
Dig out a photo of your grandparents. Ask yourself how God has led your family over the past century, even when some of those family members were unaware of His presence. What legacy of faith will you leave for those who follow you? Will you teach them about the God who is with us?