I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
Genesis 28:15 NIV
Bring You Back
At the end of the First World War, soldiers awaiting repatriation battled against boredom. To sustain morale, the military promoted physical training programs, organized sports, and a wide range of recreational activities. It also expanded the Khaki University, first established in 1917, to offer elementary to university level courses to idle troops. Some 50,000 Canadians took part in this pioneering education program that prepared veterans for post-war life, and occupied leisure hours while they waited for shipping berths to take them home. By August 1919, most had been brought home.
If you’ve had the privilege of travel, you understand that as enjoyable as travel can be – seeing new and different places on our planet, eating cuisine unique to that culture – there is still always a sense of joy and peace when we return home. I have spent time in the South Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda and have seen the tears as they pray fervently to be able to go home, even to a country that will take decades to rebuild. God understands this and gives this promise in Genesis 28:15: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” This promise is ours for today in a way that Jacob could not possibly have understood when the Lord appeared to him in a dream and spoke these words. As followers of Jesus, this promise is for us. We are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and the day is coming when He will bring us to that land. In the meantime, He watches over us here.
These have been words from the heart.