Genesis 26:1–5 (ESV)
God’s Promise to Isaac
26 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. 2 And the Lord
appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 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. 4 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, 5 because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”
When a severe famine forces Isaac to relocate his family, the Lord appears to him with words of comfort. In this adversity, the Lord promises
to Isaac the same favor He did to Abraham: His caring presence, land, offspring, and blessedness to all people. In times of adversity, we should not doubt the Lord’s care for us. He promises that nothing will separate us from His love.
I pray: Thanks be to God that the blessing of the cross covers even our sins of
doubt and forgetfulness! Lord, we praise You for Your boundless love. Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 53). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing