GENESIS 26 IN FOCUS
Now there was a famine in the land
Why do people migrate?
can hardships of life change the behavior of people?
why do you do what you do?
how well do you have patience for promises?
do you ask God for direction before you take a step?
All great men who left indelible footprints faced hurdles but they endured with patience. Abraham, Moses… all did face tough situations of life. Isaac had his his share; famine.
It may be absolutely right for us to yearn to do away with discomforts of life but how? So many people take steps to move away from the uncanny situations of life and instead of getting to a dream land of comfort, they end up ending their lives in a much more uncomfortable situations of life.
The guidance of God is what we must beseech. You may never know where that business step shall take you to. You may never know what that journey will bring. You may never know where that relationship shall end you. You may never know how that new job will become a woe to you. You may never know!!!
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12
We must seek for the approval of God before we take a step. We may never know what that great idea shall produce. Isaac wanted to move because of discomfort, but he was prohibited from doing so.
The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you.
Remember what happened to Naomi
In the days when the judges ruled,[a] there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. 2 The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there. 3 Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband. —RUTH 1
Sometimes it may be expedient to take a step and go. God told Abraham to move from his fathers house. Sometimes too it is important for us to wait for the approval of God to go or stay.
PONDER: Don’t just take any decision because of hardship, you will only make things more harder in the end
A HYMN BY JOHN H. SAMMIS
- When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
- Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.