I’m spending a few days with my mother while my dad goes hunting with my brother and nephew. It is peaceful here, with no road noise or other chaotic sounds screaming in the background. The scenery is breathtaking; all I can see are a few fence posts and the edge of the Peace River swamp. We get so busy doing what we do that we forget to take a moment and enjoy what God has given us.
Isaac had to move to Gerar because of a famine in the land. Isaac ventured back to the land where Abraham, his dad, had once occupied, where he had dug wells for water. Unfortunately, Isaac had to dig them again because the Philistines had filled them in with soil. Isaac couldn’t just linger wherever he wanted because he had a lot of people and flocks; he had to get permission from King Abimelech. Eventually, the king made them leave because he feared how big they had gotten. The promise remained, yet God had not given them access to it yet. Whether you realize it or not, we’re promised this land. Eventually, Jesus will sit on the throne of judgment, and every evil being and person will pay the price for what they have done to God’s people, and he will restore the land to its former beauty, and then we will inherit it. Until then, we must reach the point in our lives that no matter what situation we find ourselves in, we can say, it is well with my soul. Only Jesus can give you that kind of peace.
And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; Genesis 26:2-3