Gen 16:11 And the angel also said, “You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’), for the Lord has heard your cry of distress.
Gen 16:13 Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.”* She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” 14 So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means “well of the Living One who sees me”).
Genesis 28:14-15 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”
As Jacob fled his brother Esau, uncertain of his future, not knowing when, or if he’d be able to return to his mother, God comforted him with these words. “I am with you. I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back…” I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised. May _______ feel your comfort today. May they know that you are with them, that you will protect them, that wherever they go, you will be with them and you will comfort them. (Ps 23:4) And just as God assured Jacob that He would keep His promise, may ________ remember your promises today, and believe that you will always keep your promises and that you will never fail them.
Gen 31:3, 13 Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you.” I have seen all that Laban is doing to you. 13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me. Now arise, go out from this land and return to the land of your kindred
Gen 31:43 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God saw my affliction and the labor of my hands and rebuked you last night.”
I am so thankful that you see us like Hagar declared in Gen 16:13. In the midst of our pain and struggle, you are always there, you promise that you will never leave us or forget us. (Heb 13:5) I pray for _______________ that whatever he/she is facing today, they will remember like Jacob did, that God is on their side! And even if God is asking them to do something difficult (go and face Esau), that he/she will be willing to go in faith, believing that God is with them and that He will be the strength they need. (Ps 21:13; Ps 86:16) As David found God’s comfort in the valley (Ps 23:4), may _____________ find comfort in you today. You are on our side! We are the apple of His eye (Deut 32:10)