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|NASB||Genesis 28:15 "Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."|
|Genesis 28:15 "Behold, I am with you and will keep [careful watch over you and guard] you wherever you may go, and I will bring you back to this [promised] land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."|
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Bible Note: I have a problem. Genesis 28:15 is one of the basis to quotes concerning God never leaving us, yet it comes with a caveat; “I will not leave you UNTIL I have done what I promised” How strange that it just isn’t; “I will not leave you”
I am with you! I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you!” Genesis 28:15
Now this qualifier “until” is a problem for me, it constitutes that at some point He will leave us. But here is the funny thing, although it does constitute the idea that He will leave us, it also brings an exclamation mark to “I will not leave you “. Yes, He may leave us but not until He has done what He intended, He promised.
Well I’m glad to say He isn’t finished with me yet
The Contemporary English Version (CEV) bible says it this way:
Wherever you go, I will watch over you, then later I will bring you back to this land. I won't leave you--I will do all I have promised.
Although in this version it is not true to the actual words written, it carries a sentiment of an exclamation point.
So I really don’t have to worry about when He will leave me since I’m unfinished. I have no idea when He will be finished with me and since I don’t believe myself to be any more special than they that came before me, I can say I will not be finished until after I leave this terrestrial ball. And like so many mysteries in the bible, I don’t fully understand, but as I dig in and meditate further on His word I know I will fall further in Love with Him. Because I know He loves me and wants the best for me.
The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."
Love is Enough,
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