As a small child I always felt safe when I was with my parents or an older sibling. As humans there is something about being with another person that is encouraging. We need each other, and most importantly we need the Lord. During these times we can be thankful that God is with us and protects us.
God Promised to Protect Jacob
In our story, Jacob traveled by himself a long distance to see his Uncle Laban. Travel was dangerous then and Jacob was especially vulnerable as he was alone. Jacob set up camp and laid down to sleep. God promises Jacob many things in a dream and one of those is protection.
Genesis 28:15 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.”  Think how this reassurance of God’s protection made a difference on the remaining part of Jacob’s journey.
The Lord is With You
The Lord wants you to know that He is with you. Even when you feel alone or abandoned the Lord is always there. What was the last thing Jesus said to the disciples before he ascended into heaven? Matthew 28:20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. 
The last thing Jesus wanted to tell His disciples was, “I will always be with you.” No matter what we are going through, Jesus wants us to know we are not alone. When we know Jesus as our Savior, we have peace in the storms of life. That is because there is no one more powerful than our Lord, who dwells in us. Sometimes we must remind ourselves of God’s presence because we can forget. We can be thankful that other times the Holy Spirit prompts us to remember the Lord is always with us.
The Lord Protects You
I find the best way to remember the Lord protects me is to mediate on verses of God’s protection.
When we begin meditating on God’s words of protection our focus turns from ourselves to the Lord giving us comfort, peace, and encouragement. He truly is our hiding place.
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