Let’s finish here with a few thoughts on this passage. Octavius Winslow wrote, “what an exceeding great and precious promise of our covenant God is here- intended for all saints, intended, my beloved, for you! “Behold I am with you and will keep you in all places where you go.” What is the New Testament but the echo of the Old? Hear we not the echo of this promise in the words of Jesus spoken to His disciples on the eve of His departure from them, when, like the patriarch, they were to be left as orphans in the world, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Take hold of this divine promise of your Lord, repeated with yet more earnest emphasis, and given under yet more affecting circumstances than it was to Jacob, and Jehovah Jesus will make it good in your individual and daily experience. God in Christ is with you, His child, and will keep you in all places where His providence leads you. No time or circumstance shall interpose to prevent its fulfillment.” As I studied this passage, I came across the hymn “O God of Bethel, by Whose hand” written by Philip Doddridge. This is the story of Jacob at Bethel turned into a prayer for us to say. O God of Bethel! by whose hand thy people still are fed; Who through this weary pilgrimage hast all our fathers led: Our vows, our prayers, we now present before thy throne of grace: God of our fathers! be the God of their succeeding race. Through each perplexing path of life our wand’ring footsteps guide; Give us each day our daily bread, and raiment fit provide. O spread thy cov’ring wings around, till all our wand’rings cease, And at our Father’s loved abode our souls arrive in peace. Such blessings from thy gracious hand our humble pray’rs implore; And thou shalt be our chosen God, and portion evermore.