HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. Genesis 31:24
I want to touch a little on the relationship with God and His covenant children. Great detail is found in the Book of Genesis and I will try to confine myself to see what God did in the past and He will continue to demonstrate what is written in the covenant.
This visitation of God made a deep impression on Laban. He refers to it afterwards as restraining him from injuring his runaway son-in-law. Jacob, too, was struck by it. It is very wonderful to find the Holy God casting the mantle of His protection around this crafty and deceitful soul. No doubt it was due to His covenant relationship with the family and race, of which Jacob was a most unworthy member (Genesis 30:13, Genesis 30:42). But if God thus interposed for Jacob, will He not much more interpose for those who desire to be His obedient children?
God will lay an arrest on your persecutors.
Israel was rebuked because the exiles in Babylon thought they would perish before a man that could die, and the son of man who was as grass and forgot their Maker, the Lord of heaven and earth. All around you, the fire may rage; but you shall walk amid it unscathed, if only you trust. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. Hallelujah. Every way we turn there is protection for the sons and daughters of God. There is no exile for His children, but I promise you through the word of God that the enemy will have to take off into exile for no weapons formed against the children of God will ever prosper.
God will lay an arrest on trial.
His finger is always on our pulse, and the moment the pain becomes more than we can bear, He will stay it. His eye is ever upon His own. Yes, His eyes are on the sparrow and also on you. His promise is never to leave you nor forsake you. Anyone that will lay a charge against the elect of God will be met will all the resistance from the host of heaven.
God will lay an arrest on the power of the evil one.
We shall not be tempted beyond that we are able to bear. There is always thus far and no farther. “The Lord maketh a pathway in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters.” The Only-begotten of the Father keeps the sheep whom His Father has entrusted to Him. Not one of them can be devoured by the lion of hell. O yes, not even from the wolves sitting in the church will have an effect on the children of God. If only we believed this, we should be calmer, happier, even though circumstanced as Jacob. No need to altercate with Laban, but to look beyond him to the “Fear of Isaac.”
When your brother rises up against you I encourage you to trust in the Lord and give due diligence to the word of God and watch how God will deal with them, Just stay calm and trust Him under any circumstances. May you continue to trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding. God is and will remain, God of His covenant and the God of His children.