Relying on Self


Isaac’s apple didn’t fall far from the tree of Abraham.  When Isaac and Rebekah went to the land of Abimelek, who had met Abraham a generation earlier, Isaac pulled the same fast one his Dad did. He claimed that Rebekah was his sister because he was afraid…

1 Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. 2 The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.” 6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar.

7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”

8 When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. 9 So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife!”
Genesis 26:1-9

Abimelek is the same King that Abraham lied to in order to protect him and Sarah in a similar circumstance.  Isaac tells the same lie, yet Abimelek catches him in the act of caressing his wife…  Abimelek was the one afraid, because he knew that God was with Isaac.

In fact, Abimelek’s people became envious of Isaac’s success and even filled in some of his wells as a jab against Isaac.  It is interesting that even though from the outside, people could see that God was with Isaac and were intimidated, Isaac had little faith and was not relying on God’s hand of protection.

Why do we do that?

Why do we discount and nullify the presence and power of God in our lives and even lie our ways around the world instead of relying on the God who made the heavens and the earth?

God is planning and promising to bless Isaac and he plans his own game to protect himself.  And Isaac is just doing what we do every day.  How about today we change? How about today we try to stop relying on us and we start trusting in the God who plans to bless?

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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