Rehoboth

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

The bible tells us in Genesis 26:1 that there was a famine in the land. Famine often led to social disruption, fear, hopelessness and death. By all indications however, food was available in Egypt. Isaac decided to go to Egypt, as his father Abraham did many years before him.   God, however, told Isaac to stay in the famine, in Gerar the land of the Philistines (Gen 26:3). God promised to be with him and bless him there.

Egypt represents the world system.  God wanted Isaac to trust Him in the time of famine. 

Isaac obeyed God, and I believe displayed great faith in the God of his father Abraham. Isaac planted his crop and reaped a hundred times what he planted, because the Lord blessed him.   Now, under normal circumstances, that type of harvest in one year would be wonderful, in a famine however, that type of harvest was extra ordinary!

Others noticed God’s blessing on Isaac’s life, but they were not all happy for him.

The government (Abimelech) told him to leave, he faced challenges (water conflict) from others in the field, and the people hated him because he was prospering.  They did everything to stop him; but God had blessed him, and so Isaac continued to prosper.

Isaac did not challenge any of the contentions or disputes.  He simply moved to another area even though it cost him, for well digging was a tedious and an expensive operation, but God was with him.  The same God that would not allow Abraham in Genesis 22 to kill him was now keeping Isaac in the midst of the famine, and among the haters. 

This same God kept us throughout 2020, a year that marked the beginning of a new season in our lives. Like Isaac, let us trust Him and walk in obedience.

Your obedience will open doors for others. Sometimes God will allow you to dig wells so that He can bless others. When Isaac was first chased away, he went to the Gerar Valley – a riverbed.  There he found fresh flowing water in a place where others would have gone and failed. The other herdsmen quarreled with him saying the water belonged to them. He gave it to them. They did not realize it, but they were reaping from Isaac’s blessings. 

Do not worry about the things lost in 2020, be patient.  Isaac dug, reopened and gave up many wells before he found Rehoboth.  He said “…. For now the Lord hath made room for us and we shall be fruitful in the land”- 26:22

Let us not step into 2021 unprepared.  In these last few hours of 2020, spend some time in prayer and fasting seeking God’s direction for 2021. Be prepared to trust God even in the midst of great challenges, and step boldly into the New Year knowing God is with you.

Prayer:

Father, 2020 was a challenging year for many, but You faithfully kept us in the midst of this pandemic. Father, thank You. As we cross over into 2021, we seek Your wisdom, Your guidance and Your presence, for Lord, it is not by power, nor by might, but only by Your Spirit will we be able to make it through another year. Thank You Lord. Amen

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