The Visit


At the last request of Josephs father was that he would forgive his brethren the evil they had done unto him and he most certainly did. And when Joseph knew he was about to die he told his brethren that God would visit and bring them out of the land and into the one he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and Jacob. (Genesis 50:15-17, 24-26) (Genesis 50:24-26)  And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.

In the book of John we are taught Jesus is the true vine and we are the branches (John 15:1-9), and in Psalms we learn of the strong branch which has called upon God to visit them for they have been made strong for God! (Psalm 80:7-15).  Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it. Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river. Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it. Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine; And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.

God has from the very beginning visited man upon the earth and when Moses was spoken to out of the burning bush he was instructed to go to the children of Israel and let it be known God has visited them and had seen what is being done to them in Egypt. (Exodus 3:13-16).  And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:

God oftentimes allows us to see His presence in our lives, and it is found through others or one on one. I would like to share an experience that has stayed with me of an encounter that happened over twenty years ago. May it give you strength to know we are never alone when we believe in the words He has given us.

The time had come one night at the hospital when my mother was not doing well at all, and it was two or three in the morning when her doctor looked at me and said I needed to call my siblings because it did not look good. After going to the waiting room I called each one only to be told for different reasons they were not able to be there and after hanging up the phone sobbing in unbelief that there were more children than just one mom had. As I sat there a man entered the room and it seemed as peace filled the room, he sat across from me and asked who I had in and why I was so upset? He calmly said we are never alone with God, give everything to Him and you will see. I then asked him who he was there to visit and he said his wife so I asked for her name so I could visit her and let her know how encouraging he was. He then got up and walked to the door and turned back to me and said: “I will see you again my friend” and he was gone. Later that morning I went to the nurse’s desk and asked which room his wife was in and was told there was no one there by that name. I still to this day in a difficult time draw strength from that visit which was assurance God is faithful to His word, especially when I read (John 14:21-23).  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.


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