GOD BLESSES OBEDIENCE

Genesis – First, God.
 
Genesis 26 waterWe are not perfect, only perfectly forgiven by a gracious God who provides where He guides and blesses those who believe Him and obey His teachings. Our faith is not based on a feeling but on the very foundation of our being laid by our belief in the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. All that we are and all that we think, say or do must be built on this foundation. Do we mess up and stray from the building codes and plans from time to time? Yes! Does God leave us? No! He was, is and always will be with those who believe. He will help us to stop, rebuild and move on in the constant construction of our Faith.
 
“My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus name
 
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand…”
 
Our Bible heroes of Faith were not perfect, either. Fear of the enemy pushed them to lie in order to save their physical lives. Fear replaced faith in these instances for a short while until they realized God was in control the whole time.
 
HOLY PAUSE
What do you fear this day?
 
Genesis 26 wells of our livesIsaac, son of Abraham, faces the fear of powerful people in the land that God gave His people to possess. He repeats the lie his father told, telling the inhabitants of the land, that his wife was his sister. Didn’t he learn from the mistakes of his father? Apparently not.
 
God provides a “course correction” for Isaac in his fear. Faith replaced the fear once more, as with Abraham, and Isaac was blessed beyond his wildest dreams.
 
Later, when faced with opposition by an envious and jealous enemy because of Isaac’s blessed wealth, Isaac responded with greater wisdom. Instead of fighting or lying, he shared the wealth and dug more wells to provide water for the land. He avoided a war over water. God blessed his faith in action.
 
Genesis 26 do not fear“I am the God of Abraham your father;
don’t fear a thing because I’m with you.
I’ll bless you and make your children flourish
because of Abraham my servant.”
 
Isaac responded to God’s declared Presence and assurance with immediate worship. Since digging wells were so successful, he dug another. God blessed once more with gushing waters!
 
His former neighboring enemy king saw and heard what was happening. Abimelech saw Isaac’s witness of God’s power! “We’ve realized that God is on your side. We’d like to make a deal between us—a covenant that we maintain friendly relations.” Isaac’s obedience to God led to peace with the enemy.
 
WHAT DO WE LEARN?
 
Genesis 26 salvation1. Fear cannot occupy the same space as Faith. You have one or the other. You cannot have both at the same time.
2. Fear does not equate with God’s wisdom (skills for living). Fear turns to self will and hinders or negates our obedience. Fear causes us to “shoot from the hip” in decision making, falling back on our sin nature. We move into survival mode leaving God’s thriving mode.
3. When Faith in God leads the way, the way is made clearer and is easier to navigate. Faith is the foundation to devoted obedience.
Genesis 26 Gods blessings4. Obedience to God, because of Faith, opens the floodgates of God’s blessings.
5. Go when God says go. Stay when God says stay.
6. It’s all about God. He is in control. His glory will be seen. Even when we mess up, God’s will is accomplished.
7. It’s not about us or self glorification. It is about God’s Presence in us. It is about declaring God’s power. We pray, God works. We obey, God blesses with building our faith.
 
Genesis 26, The Message
There was a famine in the land, as bad as the famine during the time of Abraham. And Isaac went down to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, in Gerar.
 
2-5 God appeared to him and said, “Don’t go down to Egypt; stay where I tell you. Stay here in this land and I’ll be with you and bless you. I’m giving you and your children all these lands, fulfilling the oath that I swore to your father Abraham. I’ll make your descendants as many as the stars in the sky and give them all these lands. All the nations of the Earth will get a blessing for themselves through your descendants. And why? Because Abraham obeyed my summons and kept my charge—my commands, my guidelines, my teachings.”
 
6 So Isaac stayed put in Gerar.
 
7 The men of the place questioned him about his wife. He said, “She’s my sister.” He was afraid to say “She’s my wife.” He was thinking, “These men might kill me to get Rebekah, she’s so beautiful.”
 
8-9 One day, after they had been there quite a long time, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out his window and saw Isaac fondling his wife Rebekah. Abimelech sent for Isaac and said, “So, she’s your wife. Why did you tell us ‘She’s my sister’?”
 
Isaac said, “Because I thought I might get killed by someone who wanted her.”
 
10 Abimelech said, “But think of what you might have done to us! Given a little more time, one of the men might have slept with your wife; you would have been responsible for bringing guilt down on us.”
Genesis 26 wells
11 Then Abimelech gave orders to his people: “Anyone who so much as lays a hand on this man or his wife dies.”
 
12-15 Isaac planted crops in that land and took in a huge harvest. God blessed him. The man got richer and richer by the day until he was very wealthy. He accumulated flocks and herds and many, many servants, so much so that the Philistines began to envy him. They got back at him by throwing dirt and debris into all the wells that his father’s servants had dug back in the days of his father Abraham, clogging up all the wells.
 
Genesis 26 digging wells16 Finally, Abimelech told Isaac: “Leave. You’ve become far too big for us.”
 
17-18 So Isaac left. He camped in the valley of Gerar and settled down there. Isaac dug again the wells which were dug in the days of his father Abraham but had been clogged up by the Philistines after Abraham’s death. And he renamed them, using the original names his father had given them.
 
1old brick and concrete deep well9-24 One day, as Isaac’s servants were digging in the valley, they came on a well of spring water. The shepherds of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s shepherds, claiming, “This water is ours.” So Isaac named the well Esek (Quarrel) because they quarreled over it. They dug another well and there was a difference over that one also, so he named it Sitnah (Accusation). He went on from there and dug yet another well. But there was no fighting over this one so he named it Rehoboth (Wide-Open Spaces), saying, “Now God has given us plenty of space to spread out in the land.” From there he went up to Beersheba. That very night God appeared to him and said,
 
I am the God of Abraham your father;
don’t fear a thing because I’m with you.
I’ll bless you and make your children flourish
because of Abraham my servant.
 
25 Isaac built an altar there and prayed, calling on God by name. He pitched his tent and his servants started digging another well.
 
26-27 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his advisor and Phicol the head of his troops. Isaac asked them, “Why did you come to me? You hate me; you threw me out of your country.”
 
Genesis 26 redig28-29 They said, “We’ve realized that God is on your side. We’d like to make a deal between us—a covenant that we maintain friendly relations. We haven’t bothered you in the past; we treated you kindly and let you leave us in peace. So—God’s blessing be with you!”
 
30-31 Isaac laid out a feast and they ate and drank together. Early in the morning they exchanged oaths. Then Isaac said good-bye and they parted as friends.
 
32-33 Later that same day, Isaac’s servants came to him with news about the well they had been digging, “We’ve struck water!” Isaac named the well Sheba (Oath), and that’s the name of the city, Beersheba (Oath-Well), to this day.
 
34-35 When Esau was forty years old he married Judith, daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath, daughter of Elon the Hittite. They turned out to be thorns in the sides of Isaac and Rebekah.
 
Genesis 26 overcome fearOh Lord,
We do not want to be shackled by self. The burden of doing things our own way self propels us by fear which leads to doubt and foolishness. Break those chains and set us free. Help us to trust and obey quickly with hearts’ desires to please you. Lead us to the wide open spaces of your love, mercy and grace. I am your servant. I’m listening. I’m ready to obey. Where are we going and what are we going to do today, Abba Father?
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
When darkness veils His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
 
His oath His covenant His blood
Supports me in the ‘whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay
 
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand…

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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