God Keeps On Blessing [Genesis 26]

1Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines.

 2The LORD appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you.

 3"Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.

 4"I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;

 5because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws."

 6So Isaac lived in Gerar.


Abraham did not live a perfect life, but he did obey God, kept His charge, His commandments and His statutes and His laws and God not only blessed Abraham, but those blessings were extended to his son, Issac and we will later see those blessings reaching into Jacob's life and the lives of his sons and their sons and still to this day through those of Abraham's family through faith in Jesus. We are the descendants that are of the multiplication of Abraham's line and are like those stars of heaven. We are reading about our family in these chapters and learning about God's faithfulness and abundant provision for His imperfect people.

We praise You that You are a God who fulfills Your promises to Abraham and Isaac (and through Jacob in the chapters to come). As those who believe in Jesus, we are grafted into Abraham's family tree (Romans 12) and thereby become part of God's family and are blessed. Cause us to value our heritage and keep learning about You, our true Father.

Beth Warlick, 2/4/2010