Our Ever-present Deliverer

“The Lord God of heaven… shall send his angel before thee.” Genesis 24:7

“Slow of heart to believe” was the charge the Saviour had to make of His disciples. It is also a charge that would stand against every one of us from time to time. Is it not true that often we are slow to take God at His Word, in spite of the fact that the same Word has never failed in the past? Sometimes we are very dull scholars!

Abraham has learned to trust God in the light of His past dealings with him. In commissioning his servant to go and find a wife for Isaac, he is confident that God will protect the messenger because of how He has protected his master. It was this God who directed him to leave his home and his land and who took care of him as he embarked upon this life-changing course. It was the same God who communicated with him along the way and who promised a new and great land unto him and his seed. Would such a God fail in this latest task? No! “He shall send his angel before thee.”

God has called every believer unto Himself. We are separated unto the Lord Jesus Christ. In this new life, He communes with us and sets before us “exceeding great and precious promises.” This God, our God, is not going to fail us when some fresh task or challenge appears on the horizon. He is able! The promise is indisputably messianic, but it is just as applicable to the people of God: “He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” (Psalm 91:11).

Quote: “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me-the rod to protect from wild beasts, and the staff to restrain from wandering. – H.J. Horn

Daily Devotions are from the book “Footprints of Faith.” Copyright Let the Bible Speak 1989.

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