Gen. 26 tells the story of Isaac when there was a great famine in the land and he may have been tempted to go down into Egypt, a prosperous land with plenty of food. But God spoke to Isaac telling him not to go into Egypt, but to stay where he was, saying in verse 3, “I will be with thee and will bless thee.”

Although Egypt was a land of opportunities for prosperity, it was also a place where the people did not believe in God, and it was not the place where God wanted Isaac to be. God assured Isaac that he would take care of him during the famine if he obeyed God.

Isaac did obey God, and God kept his word. He not only supplied Isaac’s needs, but blessed him so that he became prosperous in spite of the famine. This story should remind us that while God has not promised to make us rich like Isaac, he has promised to supply our needs. In Phil. 4:19 Paul said, “My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory.” While there may be better jobs and financial opportunities in other places, it is more important to know that we are where God wants us to be, for he will supply our needs in spite of our circumstances if we obey him.

To truly obey God we must first receive him into our life by faith in Jesus Christ.

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