“A severe famine now struck the land, as had happened before in Abraham’s time. So Isaac moved to Gerar, where Abimelech, king of the Philistines, lived.


The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, ‘Do not go down to Egypt, but do as I tell you. Live here as a foreigner in this land, and I will be with you and bless you. I hereby confirm that I will give all these lands to you and your descendants, just as I solemnly promised Abraham, your father. I will cause your descendants to become as numerous as the stars of the sky, and I will give them all these lands. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed. I will do this because Abraham listened to me and obeyed all my requirements, commands, decrees, and instructions.’ So Isaac stayed in Gerar.


When the men who lived there asked Isaac about his wife, Rebekah, he said, ‘She is my sister.’ He was afraid to say, ‘She is my wife.’ He thought, ‘They will kill me to get her, because she is so beautiful’.” Genesis 26:1-7 (NLT)



Isaac found himself and his family in the midst of a famine. He was responding logically to his circumstances, since there was limited food where he was living. Moving became the obvious answer to solve the problem. Isaac moved to Gerar with the intentions of ultimately moving to Egypt. As Isaac planned to do what he thought was best, God showed up and changed his plans. After hearing from the Lord, Isaac had to make a decision, and his entire entourage was impacted by his decision. He didn’t know what awaited him in Egypt, but he did know that God promised to provide for him in a place that had seemed lacking. However, Genesis 26 goes on to recount how Isaac told Abimelech, the king, that his wife was his sister. He lied about his wife’s identity, because he was afraid that the Philistines would kill him because of her beauty. He obeyed God by staying, but he struggled with trusting God to protect his family. God richly blessed Isaac, though, and showered down abundance on his life. When God directs, there is no need to fear.


Your plan for your life may be based on what you can logically see. However, if we have lived very long, we are well acquainted with plans changing. If God has interrupted your plans to direct you to this place, will you trust Him enough to provide for you here? God’s promise to Isaac was the same promise God had given to Abraham. There was consistency in God’s promises. If God gave us a promise in a different season, He is still faithful to fulfill His promise as we walk with Him. When we allow God to redirect us, we make room for Him to miraculously provide, protect, and bless us. Isaac’s change of plans caused him to respond in fear by lying about his wife. There is no place for fear if we trust God completely with our present and future. God may have so much blessing in store for you in this place you didn’t plan on that you won’t be able to contain it. Don’t miss it by moving on too quickly.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. 

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