Genesis 25 & 26: Will You Believe And Trust In The God Of Abraham?
Verse of the Day: (26:24) And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.
1. The Days Of Abraham (25:1-26:5)
And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. (26:1)
There will always be famines or crises in our lives because God uses them to test our faith in Him. In the days of Isaac, as in the days of Abraham, his father, there were famines, and Isaac prayed to God for deliverance. God revealed to Isaac that he should stay in Gerar, not go to Egypt, and that He shall provide him with wells of water. By this time, Isaac had twins, Esau and Jacob, and God prophesied to him that they shall have their own nations, and the elder shall serve the younger. Indeed, Esau subsequently sold his birth-right to his younger brother, for a bowl of stew, just because he was fainting.
2. The Death Of Abraham (26:6-23)
And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. (26:18)
Everyone shall die, and there was no exception, as Abraham and Isaac died. However, both of them left legacies of their belief and trust in God. Though they were imperfect, as both lied about their wives being their sisters because they feared for their safety, yet they repented their sins, and served God to the end. One of their great legacies was the provision of water to their people when they invested their resources to digging wells not only for their people, but for future generations. Indeed, this is a great legacy that we believe and trust in God, and doing good for our people and for our future generations.
3. The God Of Abraham (26:24-35)
And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee; (26:28)
Both Abraham and Isaac had such great testimony that the Philistines, their enemies, made peace agreement with them not to hurt them but to do them good. Though there were times when Abraham and Isaac feared for their enemies, and the uncertainty in lives, yet God was there to encourage them that He was with them, and shall bless and multiply them, and they should fear not of their enemies or uncertainty. Let us live a life of great testimony, and believe that God is with us, and the world shall see our God living in us!
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, I believe and trust in the God of Abraham, the true and living God.