Isaac was faced with famine—just like his Dad. God directed him not to go to Egypt he obeyed. Isaac was not only saved from the famine, but blessed besides. The change in areas helped him to grow rich and powerful. His Godless neighbors saw God’s blessing and tried to destroy him. God did not allow it. As we journey with God, we see him make provision again and again—yet when things get tough, we fold or at least hedge to accommodate our fear and insecurity. When we do, it never plays well.
But, if we stand firm, God ultimately shows his covenant and commitment. When he does, the world looks at us with amazement and jealousy. They often want to distance themselves or even undermine God’s work in our lives. We have to stand firm and wait patiently for him to act. His acts are always better than ours. His way always makes sense. We can never lose hope or lose faith in God’s commitment to us. Help me, Lord to walk in your plan, by faith and without my own plans in hand.
God Bless You
10 Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”11 So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.” 12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15 So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.
16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us. ”17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. 18 Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.