Do Not Go To Egypt

The title of today’s blog is taken from some instructions God gave to Isaac the promised son of Abraham when Isaac wasn’t for sure what he should do when a great famine came upon the land where he was living. Have you ever been in a place where a problem appears to be growing in severity and affecting you and your family in the worse way possible and you don’t know what to do about it? I have more than once, but I have learned from past mistakes that failing to make a decision puts us in a spot where God’s hands are tied and He can’t help us. As long as we are moving forward or backward, God can help us. It is when we refuse to make a decision about our present situation that we get stuck in a rut. And I have heard it said, “that a rut is nothing more than a grave with both ends kicked out”; a place where we do not want to find ourselves.

In this story, Isaac has made a decision. Albeit, not a wise decision, but nevertheless he has made a decision to do something about his present situation. If God had allowed him to follow through with his plan it would have been disastrous for Isaac and his family. But God intervened in this situation and set him on the path he should take. Whatever our decision is, whether it is a right or wrong decision; it never includes going back and revisiting our past mistakes, or the mistakes our parents made. Abraham, Isaac’s father, had gone down to Egypt during a famine in his time and made a fool out of himself. God did not want Abraham’s son, Isaac,  going down to Egypt and doing the same thing; so when God knew Isaac had it in his heart to go to Egypt, God intervened. We pick up the story in [Genesis 26:1-6] which reads, “There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar. Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all this land, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; I will give your descendants all these lands, and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.”

The story tell us when the famine came to where Isaac was living, he left there and went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, at Gerar. Isaac  left where he was and was on his way down to Egypt when the Lord God appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land which I will tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will bless you.” Notice the word, ‘down’ in God’s instructions to Isaac. God wants His people to rise above our situations, not to go further down than where we are presently. Egypt represents the world’s way of doing things. Going down to Egypt had been a hugh mistake for Abraham, and it would have been a mistake for Isaac to fall into the same trap his father had. God said to Isaac, “Live in the land I will tell you of. Dwell in this land, and I will bless you.” Isaac was going down to Egypt because it appeared the Egyptians were faring better than he was in the land where he was living. But just because it appears the world is faring better than we are at times, God does not want us going to them to receive anything from them. Why didn’t God want Isaac going down to Egypt. First and foremost, the Egyptians worshipped many gods, therefore everything in Egypt was contaminated by sin, and God does not want His children to be partakers of unholy things. God was very specific in His directions to Isaac, “Dwell in this land” because the land where Isaac was residing was blessed. Albeit, the blessing was covered up and could not be seen by the naked eye of man. And as far as Isaac and the Philistines could see, there wasn’t anything there that even closely resembled a blessing. If Isaac could have seen the blessings God was referring to, he would have made the decision on his own to stay there. But God knows where all of  His blessings are located, and He also knew it would take some work on Isaac’s part before they would be revealed to him. All God had to do was convince Isaac to get his eyes off the green grass in Egypt and stay in this desolate place a while longer.

How many of us really understand God has a land for His children to dwell in where the blessings are many? We can’t see them with our natural eyes, and the world can’t see them either, if they could they would have already used them up. Glory to God, His hidden blessings are there hidden just out of our line of sight, ready to be dug up so His children will be blessed, as well as everyone who lives around us. God’s blessings are not to be hoarded by the Christian, but to be shared with those who are without wherever they might live in this world. The land God is calling us to dwell in He calls the Promise Land, which is the Word of God, which resides upon those word filled pages between the leather covers of our bibles, and if we will beginning digging into God’s Word, His true riches will be revealed to us and we will be blessed beyond measure regardless of what happens in the world’s economy. If you have not read the rest of this chapter, you should. You will discover as soon as Isaac began digging in the rock infested sandy area, the hidden blessings God had reserved for him was revealed; and wouldn’t you know it,  the chief people of the Philistines were there to lay claim to them, but as soon as God put a dividing line between Isaac and the Philistines; Isaac prospered beyond belief.

This is an amazing chapter of scripture; for in it we see that God not only can, but He will bless us right where we are. He blessed Isaac in the desert where nothing was growing, and if He could bless Isaac in that sand flea desolate location, He can surely bless us where we are  in the land of plenty. If Isaac had left this place and went where he thought he should go because the grass looked greener down there than where he was; he never would have discovered all that God had in store for him right where he was. DThrash

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