Dwell in the Land

Since January 1, 2018, I have been sharing these daily devotions with you.  I have been sharing verses which have spoken to my heart on that particular day of reading the Scriptures.  I have been doing the reading schedule that is on this web site as Your Daily Bible Reading Plan, and pray you will read along, and then join me here for a short devotion of a verse or verses that have spoken to me. Let me know what you think, and we can learn from one another.

Today’s Bible Reading –  Genesis 25 – 26

Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. Genesis 26:12  (KJV)

Abraham’s son Isaac is now married to Rebekah, they have two sons, twins, Esau and Jacob.  Since they do not have a place to call their own, they are living on the Promise of God for the land.  They are traveling through the Land, and a famine comes up.  The famine sounds familiar, does it not.  That is right, Isaac’s father Abraham had experienced a similar thing only his first response was to go to Egypt.

Well, evidently Isaac thought on that same line, and God quickly gave him commandment, “Go not down to Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell you of…” (Genesis 26:2).

Now, many times it is the human response to leave troubles behind.  We all can understand that.  It is the easier thing to do.  When God has given you a place to live and serve, though, and trouble comes we ought to only leave when God has given us a clear message to do so; even when we are going through a famine, a flood, a fire, or broken bones.  He may call us to leave in the middle of great blessing.  Then, we need to obey and go.

Isaac was faithful to God’s commandment.  He stayed in Gerar.  Now, Gerar was a place approximately 40 miles west of the Salt Sea/Dead Sea, and approximately 25 miles east of the Mediterranean Sea.  During the time of Isaac, it very well could have been a province of Egypt, but it was also part of God’s Promise Land.  So that is where Isaac stayed.

Isaac sowed seed and reaped a hundred fold increase over what he had planted.  In farming, things do not always work out that well, but God blesses always.

The object of this lesson is that when the hard times come; and they will; then, we must be faithful in doing what God has given commandment to do, and to love Him with all our hearts, with all our souls, with all our minds, and with all our strength.  Isaac did.  You can too because you have the Living Spirit of Christ in you.

Reading for January 10:  Genesis 27 – 29


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