“I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee,” Genesis 26:24
The pastor had labored long and faithfully for the Lord. He loved and looked after the people of the little church that he shepherded. However, there had risen up opposition in the church and the community. It seemed to him that no matter what he did the nay-sayers were there to rebuke and contradict. All the good he tried to do was undercut and stopped. He was hurt, discouraged and defeated. He feared to try anything else for the Lord.
Isaac, in Genesis 26, was in a similar circumstance. The Philistines were his constant tormentors. Out of envy they stole and destroyed water wells that his father, Abraham, had dug. They destroyed the wells in the desert that he needed for his own family. In the midst of this trial God gave him a well that he named Rehoboth It was a well named to reflect the fact that God had made room for him in the land. The Father had stood by him. God gave him a “fear not” promise. He said, “Fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee.”
Maybe today you identify with that pastor and Isaac. There are tormentors who trouble you and steal your peace of mind. Be strong and remember the promise of Scripture. “For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” (Hebrews 13:5) Find the verses today that remind you of God’s love. Never forget, God is with you. (Look up John 3:16, Galatians 2:20)
Fear not, for I am with thee.
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