I will deal well with you!
(James Smith, "The Pastor's Morning Visit")
"I will deal well with you!" Genesis 32:9
So the Lord promised Jacob; and the promises made unto our spiritual fathers — He will fulfill unto us, their children. But such a promise does not exclude:
deep personal afflictions,
All these things may happen unto us — and yet the Lord is still dealing well with us. The promise secures . . .
the sanctification of our troubles,
the communication of necessary grace,
deliverance from all real evils,
the supply of all real needs, and
the satisfying of our best desires.
Is not this enough — to know that Jehovah will deal well with us . . .
in sickness and health;
in life and in death;
in time and through eternity?
This promise is . . .
the believer's plea,
the ground of the Christian's confidence,
a reason for contentment and gratitude,
and the cause of our enemies' confusion.
Jacob, though tried, found the Lord faithful — and so shall we! Let us therefore rejoice that our God has said, "I will deal well with you! I will make all My goodness pass before you. I will save you with an everlasting salvation. I will be your God, and your glory."
Gracious Lord, do as You have said!