Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines. And the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring 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.” Genesis 26:1-5 ESV
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:18-22 ESV
When a ship at sea starts to sink, a good captain will never leave the ship until everyone else has gotten safely off. The captain will stay with any people that are left on the ship and make sure they make it to the lifeboats. A captain’s job is to be there for people in danger. When the ship called the Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean in 1912, Captain Edward Smith went down with his ship. He couldn’t get everyone on the ship to safety because there weren’t enough lifeboats, and he stayed on his ship till the end.
God is like a good ship’s captain. He never leaves his people when they have trouble. When famine came to the promised land, God came to Isaac and promised to be with him and bless him. He told Isaac not to go to Egypt. God wanted Isaac to stay in the promised land and fulfill his purposes for him there. Even though there was a famine, Isaac didn’t have to worry about his family starving. God continued the promise he had given to Abraham. The promised Savior would come to Isaac’s family, and all the nations on earth would be blessed through this Savior.
Jesus is that promised Savior. He died on the cross to bring us into God’s family. God doesn’t promise to keep all troubles away from us, but he does promise to be with us, love us, and help us all the time. We can take all our concerns to him and know that he will listen to us and help us. We can always know for sure that God helps us to obey him and fulfill his purposes for us, and forgives us when we disobey and sin against him.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being with us all the time and helping us in our troubles. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.