Scripture Reading – Genesis 26
Blog Title – In My Father’s Footsteps
Blogging Niche – Christian, Father, and Farm Bloggers
Blogroll – Call Me Ishmael
About Me – I’m Isaac, son of Abraham, husband to Rebekah, father to Esau and Jacob. All my life I’ve trusted in God, just as my father before me.
Blog Excerpt –
All’s Well That Ends Well
When famine struck, I moved my cattle and family to Gerar. My first priority and overwhelming concern was providing the most basic necessities for my family and herd. It did cross my mind that going to Egypt, as my father had done, might be the best course of action; however, God quickly set me straight!
He spoke to me, just as he did to my father, and assured me once more of the promise He made:
Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions (Genesis 26:3-5).
After having the Lord confirm His grand plans for me and my descendants, one would think I’d never have reason to doubt or fear.
But just as my father did before me, I lied to the Philistines and claimed that my wife was really my sister because I didn’t want to be killed. Rather than trust in God to keep me safe, I broke His commandment.
Although I sinned, God blessed my crops. When Abimelek told me to leave. I left in search of new sources of water. I reopened wells dug by my father and dug new wells. If there was any dispute over the wells, I simply moved on, secure in God’s ability to provide. After a few more wells and more quarrels, I found myself drawn to Beersheba, where the Lord spoke to me again:
I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham (Genesis 26: 24-25).
Despite my failing and human weakness, God still loved me. My priorities changed. For the first time since we began traveling in search of sustenance, I built an alter before digging a well, concerning myself first and foremost with giving honor and glory to God, rather than meeting physical needs.
Now I understand that to truly live well, I must always seek the Lord first – a truth my father told me, but a lesson I had to learn for myself.
Extra, Extra – read all about it! Bonus Blog – Young Isaac’s blog @ Pocketful of Playdough!