Genesis 26:1-6: A good start

“Now there was a famine in the land – besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time – and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, ‘Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.’ So Isaac stayed in Gerar.” NIV UK

‘’So Isaac stayed in Gerar’’ (6).

It was a good start. I say that because he was obedient to what the the Lord told him in (2-5). God did not want him making the same mistake as his father (2). Possibly he was on his way to Egypt at this point. It probably seemed logical to head for Egypt, where there was bread, and counterintuitive to stay put, but when God directs you to stay, you’re in a safe place, even though it may appear dangerous. What assurances the Lord gave him!

As believers, we are not promised immunity from difficulties. We may well find that famines (and even ‘’severe’’ famines) in the land recur (1). The person who walks with God, however, has an unfailing ‘Satnav.’ Listen to the Divine voice on your guidance system. There is safety in that.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to keep in step with you at all times.