Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Alone With Christ; Genesis 32:24

"And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day" (Genesis 32:24).

Reader! do you know what it is to be left alone to enjoy communion with God in Christ?

Have you sent away all earthly concerns, and all natural connections, how near and dear soever they may be, in order to feel the full influence of gracious impressions?

Who this angel was may easily be known from the Patriarch's own account of him.

Sweet to observe, in the numberless instances of it, how that Almighty angel of the covenant, the Lord Jesus, seemed to long for the period when He would fully reveal Himself unto His people; Genesis 48:16, Hosea 12:4.


May the same gracious Covenant God and Saviour (for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever), grant both to you and to me, that in our going home to our Father's house, like the Patriarch, Jesus' host may meet us, and give us comfort:

nay, may Jesus Himself be there, in every step of the way; that Jordan's waves, and the valley of the shadow of death that lie between, may not affright: for when He is near, His rod and staff shall comfort.

So will goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our life, till we come to dwell in the house of our God for ever.

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