I never have to wonder if my dog is around. Even if I don’t physically see him when I open the door, I know he’s there.
How? Well, there are several signs.
The number one sign is his hair. Man, that dog can shed! You would think he’s bald, but nope!
He also leaves muddy footprints and messes up the covers of the bed (even though he’s not supposed to get up there). Every time he comes back from the bathroom, he brings us a new stick for some reason.
When you come to my house, there is no doubt we have dogs. You don’t have to wonder, it’s evident.
“Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he said, ‘This is the camp of God!’ So he named that place Mahanaim.” (Genesis 32:1-2)
This is all that’s said of Jacob’s encounter with the angels.
So why did they visit him?
Scripture doesn’t say, so that’s unclear. But what we do know is after Jacob saw the angels, God was with him. He didn’t have to wonder, it was evident.
Even though today we might not see God’s angels appear before us, we can still know God is with us. There is proof God is an ever-present help to us.
1. He continuously guides us.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8)
2. His Holy Spirit lives within us.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)
3. His name is Immanuel, which means God with us.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
4. God’s love is provided through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice.
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)
5. He promised he would be with us.
“I am with you always, even until the end of this age.” (Matthew 28:20)
We are never alone because God is with us. He is there through the good times and the bad.
We can trust in Him!