There was famine in the land so Isaac starts looking for help from a near by king. God visits him saying do not go down to Egypt, but live in this land. I will be with you and bless you. God continues telling Isaac all the ways he plans to bless him in Genesis 26:2-5.
In the next scene, we see Isaac responding in fear and acting just like his dad, Abraham did. As Isaac’s wife was very beautiful, Isaac decides to lie and say she is his sister. Sound familiar? Abraham did that twice!
But what I love about this story is how God used Isaac’s insecurity and fear to protect him. That’s right. As we read further, the king saw Isaac showing endearment to Rebekah, so the king knew she was really Isaac’s wife. Not wanting guilt to be upon his people and to ensure no one touched or laid with Rebekah, the king charges his people “He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”
This encounter is a reminder God’s protection is based on the covenant He made with Abraham rather than on Isaac’s behavior. This covenant ensures that nothing will happen to Isaac until the covenant is fulfilled. God is faithful to His promises. What He says, He always does.
God swore to Abraham that this land would be Isaac’s and his descendants. He also said He would multiply Isaac’s descendants and make them as many as stars in heaven. In Isaac’s seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. Therefore, Isaac had nothing to fear. God would carry out His promise. God would complete His oath to Abraham despite Isaac’s fear.
What has God said to us?
- John 3:16 NKJV “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
- Ephesians 1:13-15 NKJV “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Despite our insecurities or fear, God will complete His promise to us. He is faithful and just and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. He will even grant us wisdom when we ask for it.
To our Father in heaven who loves us, thank you for caring for us and leading us in the way everlasting. Thank you for your word that is good for training in righteousness and correction to equip us in the way leading to eternal life. In Jesus’ name Amen.