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Genesis 26:1-5 (NIV)
Isaac and Abimelek
26 Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. 2 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. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 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, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.”
Abraham’s son Isaac is now leading God’s people. Hardship and famine have them searching for safety. Into the midst of the confusion and concern, God speaks again. His word to Isaac is the same, his promise is restated. I had a friend who was going to law school and we would argue about which profession was more holy: pastor or lawyer. After all, already we can see that our God is into contract law! God is consistent and faithful, providing for his people and reminding them of the promises he will keep. Our God has a plan. In this simply restating of God’s covenant with Abraham, we see that God is faithful from generation to generation. And God’s faithfulness extends to you, this day!