And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.
This is a wonderful little verse tucked away here in the Bible. Read the context around this verse and see all the reasons the Lord made this statement to Isaac. The story of Genesis 26 is the story of the flesh. God calls us to live in victory over the flesh and it is a daily struggle – one that we must live in daily surrender to win.
- There was a famine in the land (v.1), but that’s nothing new there have always been famines and always will be.
- There are the problems of personal sin (v.7-11), but it is to be expected, we are born with a sin nature (Ps.51:5, Rom.5:12). In this life we will always struggle with the old nature.
- There are the problems of interpersonal relationships (v.15-33), but that is only natural as well. It’s hard to get along with people we don’t really know and who disagree with us.
- There are family problems – probably the most heartbreaking of all (v.34-35). But all of these problems are only natural, nothing out of the ordinary here, things that we can expect to happen. But, they can cause discouragement.
So, what are we to do when the old nature that we were born with and live with raises its ugly head?
- Remember that the flesh is still there even when we are obeying the Lord (v.6).
- Remember that it is in the valley that you will find a well of springing water (v.19) – the living water is found in the valleys of life.
- Remember that the one thing you must keep doing – no matter how difficult – is DIG ANOTHER WELL! We need water if we are going to survive (Ps.1:1-3) and it is Jesus that provides all the water we need (Jn.7:37-39).
But above all remember this … You start the Christian life by faith (Eph.2:8) and you live it by faith (Col.2:6). So, how can you do that? By remembering that the faithfulness of God is always there. He is at the beginning (v.2-5) and He will be with you through every experience of life (v.24).