Live here as a foreigner in this land, and I will be with you and bless you. I hereby confirm that I will give all these lands to you and your descendants, just as I solemnly promised Abraham, your father. Genesis 26:3 NLT
There are so many stories that people share about their experiences in a new land. It’s always difficult when you go somewhere new. You don’t understand the culture and simple things can get complicated. You think you are being kind and you are unprepared when your actions are deemed disrespectful. Students have difficulty adjusting to a new school when their family moves. Teachers also have anxiety when they go to a new school. One of the funniest stories you can read in September about school anxiety, is First Day Jitters by Julie Danneburg. Change brings anxiety.
So it’s safe to imagine that Isaac must have had some anxiety about his immediate future; after all, he just moved to his new home. But in the midst of his anxiety, he heard some reassuring words from God. First, God directed his steps; He told him where to live. Next, God said, “I will be with you.” The anxiety of change is connected to being alone; you don’t know anybody. When God promises His presence, then that promise instills confidence in the hearer.
Then God spoke material blessings into his Isaac’s life. God confirmed that He would bless Isaac’s and his descendants. So many times people just want the blessings from God. They refuse to follow the directions God gave in His word; they don’t long for that intimate relationship with God but they want to be blessed by Him. God’s blessings aren’t for strangers. The same way you give gifts to those connected to you, God blesses those who are in relationship with Him.
Thought for Today: Friend, when you cultivate a relationship with God then the blessings will follow.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.