Do Not Go Down to Egypt
Today’s Scripture Selection: Genesis 26:1-2
“Now there was a famine in the land – besides the earlier famine of Abraham’s time – and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, ‘Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and bless you.”
There are times, when things are especially rough, that we are tempted to strike out “on our own” spiritually speaking. We may even be tempted to go into a “foreign land” and seek something better or what we believe to be a solution to our problems.
I hear in this story from Genesis a warning.
God tells Abraham’s son Isaac, ‘Do not go down to Egypt.’
I think there is a lesson for all of us there.
We can understand why Isaac might have felt led to head to Egypt in a time of famine. His father had done that very thing.
But for some reason God tells Isaac not to follow in his father’s footsteps – not this time at least and he is blessed “a hundred fold” for his faith.
Once again, we are encouraged to act on faith – and God’s instruction as we prayerfully discern it – rather than on our own limited wisdom.
The next time you are feeling confused and burdened – and you are tempted to go into a “foreign” land (spiritually speaking) – think again.
God has promised to be with you and never forsake you.
Trust that. You will be glad you did.