When God Is With You (Fearless Living #4)
Genesis 26:24, NIV
That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “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.”
The Philistines envied Isaac and his wealth and prosperity. Before then, they had a love/hate relationship with Isaac’s father, Abraham. Isaac was the son God had promised to Abraham, and thus God’s blessings were passed down from Abraham to Isaac. It was nothing that Isaac did to incur God’s blessings in his life. But because his father was obedient and faithful, God blessed him.
Have you ever been in a situation where people were envious or jealous of blessings that God had bestowed upon you? Have you ever felt like you had to hide what was rightfully yours for fear that someone who didn’t like you may steal it? This was the case with Isaac. At the beginning of chapter 26, Isaac lied about his wife Rebekah being his sister out of fear that the Philistines would take her. Later in the chapter, he finds himself involved in multiple disputes with the Philistines over water wells in the land. Finally, we see Isaac back in a place where Abraham had been before, and God reminds him of the promise.
Sometimes, God allows things to happen in our lives to remind us that He is with us and that no matter what comes our way, we can trust Him to keep His promises. God often allows contention and opposition, such as we see between Isaac and the Philistines, not for us to stay in it, but for us to be led to the place where God wants us to be. At times, we get ourselves into situations that are less than ideal, less than God’s will for us, and we think we have to stay there. Those are not times for us to turn to other people; those are times for us to turn to God and hear what He has to say to us.
When God is with us, we do not have to be afraid. While the Philistines were harassing Isaac and forcing him to move from place to place, God visited him and gave him comfort and hope. When people in our lives are dishonest and unkind, we can take comfort in knowing God is faithful, and He often shows His faithfulness when we have been disappointed by people we thought we could trust. We can move with peace and power when we are certain of the presence of God wherever we go. We honor God when we trust Him and rest in His promises and blessings.
Lord, we thank You for always being with us, even when we can’t feel You and even when we are too blinded by situations and people to feel anything at all. Just as You kept Your promises to Abraham and Isaac, we know You will keep Your promises to us. Deliver us from fear and help us to find blessed comfort and assurance in knowing You are with us at all times. In Jesus’ name. Amen.