A Beautiful Dilemma

Read This Week: Genesis 26

Now there was a famine in the land and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 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. – Genesis 26:1-3 NIV

Ethical and moral dilemmas are always present for the patriarchs and their families in Genesis. In this chapter, the same choice and scenario confronts Isaac that had previously tested Abraham. Unfortunately, he fares no better in handling it than his dad did before him. The section begins with a famine in the land, also mirroring a similar situation faced by Abraham. But instead of following the conventional path of seeking refuge elsewhere, Isaac demonstrates a submissive faith by obeying God’s command to stay in the land of Gerar. This decision sets the stage for a story of a sinful choice, trust, and reliance on the Lord’s providence.

In Gerar, Isaac faces challenges similar to those encountered by Abraham. Fearing for his life, he introduces his wife, Rebekah, as his sister to King Abimelek. Despite this, God reaffirms the covenant made with Abraham, emphasizing the continuity and steadfastness of His promises across generations. We see over and over again that God is both sovereign and a faithful initiator of His covenant. This divine reliability is a theme woven throughout the biblical narrative and is present (and sometimes more so) even when we are regularly sinful and inconsistent. The Lord honors His promise despite Isaac lying about the identity of his wife. 

But Isaac rallies after his lie is exposed. He has already trusted God to stay in Gerar, and now he responds with faith and resolve in the face of opposition and conflict, particularly over wells dug by his father. Despite dealing with this hostility from the land’s inhabitants, he remains firm and persistent in securing resources for his people. We can find inspiration in this over the hope of second chances and the ability to experience redemption but also to persevere in the face of adversity, trusting that God’s promises will always prevail.

The beautiful thing about this passage is as Isaac perseveres, God blesses him abundantly. The wells he digs not only provide water but become symbols of prosperity and peace. This act mirrors the principle that obeying God’s word leads to blessings beyond measure. Isaac’s journey becomes a testament to the faithfulness of God in rewarding those who trust and follow His guidance. As an illustration of this, the chapter concludes with a surprising turn of events. Isaac and Abimelech, recognizing God’s favor upon Isaac, make a covenant of peace.

This reconciliation highlights the transformative power of God’s blessings, turning potential conflicts into opportunities for unity and cooperation. This humble striving for agreement and harmony is needed now more than ever, not only in the world but also in the Christian community. It is a beautiful dilemma or the extraction of God’s glory from things that seem negative on the surface. Father God does this a lot for us.


  1. Heidi on January 12, 2024 at 3:13 pm

    Genesis 26:2 The Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I will tell you. 3 Live temporarily [as a resident] in this land and I will be with you and will bless and favor you, for I will give all these lands to you and to your descendants, and I will establish and carry out the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. 4 I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of the heavens, and will give to your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, 5 because Abraham listened to and obeyed My voice and [consistently] kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
    God was saying to me
I Love all my children, I know who will listen to Me, I know who will make mistakes along the way, I know who wants to be faithful and respond to Me and when they do they will grow in their faith, trusting Me more and more.
When you come to Me first in the midst of Troubles I will help you through. Always remember that because I love you !
    What that means to me I see a rerun with Isaac following His father’s footsteps.
For me it’s important to learn from the people in the Bible, what to do and what not to do.
God allows things in my life for me to know where my faith in Him is first.
Father God is faithful He knows where my heart is and I want to grow more and more and seek Him for my heart first ❤️
Thank you Father God for Your love and You care about me! I love you so much and thank You for Jesus and Your Holy Spirit that is always here to help me.

  2. Trina on January 13, 2024 at 10:35 am

    Genesis Chapter 26 Verse 23
    And [Issac] built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord and pitched his tent. There; and their Isaac’s servants were digging a well.

    Genesis Chapter 26 Verse 28
    They said, We saw that the Lord was certainly with you; so we said, Let there be now and oath between us [carrying a curse with it to befall the one who breaks it]. even between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you

    ~ Commitment~

    God Is Saying To Me:
    Abraham and Isaac both built altars to me. They recognized and understood what is required to have a prosperous and meaningful relationship with me. Take notice, they strived to seek me before all things. It’s important to always put me first before everything else. Second, they both spent time in worship and praise. Take your talents, your hearts desires and lay them at my feet in worship and praise. Lastly, stay a while with me. Take up residence in my heart allowing me to make fruitful all of your endeavors. I will bless you abundantly and bring you others to share me with in their lives too.

    What This Means To Me:
    1. When we put God first and seek His wisdom and guidance, God’s plan for our lives grow.
    2. Be in praise and worship to open the spiritual realm so that God can fill us with wisdom, guidance and peace. Others are looking and they respond to us by love, kindness, peacefulness and seeing obedience to God in our lives. Others in darkness will see the light that shines brightly in us.
    3. Live in harmony with God. Dwell consistently in reverence to Him, allowing our efforts to grow spiritually and favorably with blessings. God blesses those that dwell in harmony with Him, bring solitude, fruitfulness and prosperity to those that reside in solidarity with Him!
    4. Will you make a covenant with God to put him first, worship and praise him, and to dwell amidst his graciousness?

  3. PK Chat on January 14, 2024 at 4:11 am

    Do you ever wonder if when God makes a promise, it holds a divine assurance of fulfillment? Isn’t it awe-inspiring to think that God, in all His glory and might, commits to His word, revealing the true essence of His divine nature? This, to me, is the core of understanding God’s character.

    He is not just capable, but also profoundly intentional in orchestrating everything according to His will and delight. What’s incredibly amazing is God’s limitless creativity in resolving our problems, showcasing His omnipotence in ways beyond our comprehension.

    God doesn’t just randomly select us; He purposefully designs plans for our lives. These plans, though we are imperfect beings, are perfect in His eyes. He often displays His power through the most unexpected individuals, affirming that even in our imperfections, His plans are tailored for our ultimate good. This manifests especially for those who cherish Him and walk in His ways.

    In my journey, I’ve realized the greatest wisdom lies in aligning with God’s movements and relying wholeheartedly on Him. Embracing God’s guidance is the key to unparalleled success. Let’s reflect on this:

    1. God’s promises are steadfast and true.
    2. He orchestrates events to fulfill these promises.
    3. To experience the fullness of God’s promises, our part is to love Him and follow His lead.

  4. reachchurch on January 14, 2024 at 12:48 pm

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  5. Javaid Ahmed on January 17, 2024 at 12:22 pm

    Genesis 26 Verses 7-10 is what God wanted me to hone in on.

    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! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?”
    Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”
    10 Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”

    God said to me:
    “Acting in haste without reason can lead you in difficult situations. I am here for you in any situation no-matter how small or how petty it may seem. Act in tandem with Me by your side and you’ll know that your footing is right.”

    We never have to walk alone. We are never alone. Anything from choosing a color of clothing all the way up to a life changing decision God is here to guide us and work with us.

  6. Kathy on January 20, 2024 at 3:13 pm

    This was what I got from God in Genesis 26. I warned Isaac to not go to Egypt. Isaac was to always live in the land I told him to live. Isaac as the promised son, was always to live in the land of promise. The covenant I made with Abraham was not only to him, but to his chosen descendants. The promise was to give them land, a nation and a blessing. Isaac committed a blatant sin, by lying that Rebekah was his sister and not his wife. Abraham had also committed this sin. What Isaac thought could be hidden, was obvious to others. This is often the case with sin among My people. Nothing is hidden from Me. The spiritual resources that sustained previous generations are available today if you seek them with faith, work, and commitment. The peace of power, grace, of wisdom and transformation are all available to you. You have to have the faith, the work, and the commitment to receive them. Working hard is staying in My word, staying close to Me, listening and obeying Me, and through worship. You are to continue bringing others to Me.

    What this said to me is I need to be aware of generational curses that have been in my family, and I need to be on guard to not let them happen in me, by staying close to God. I need to be honest with myself and God as far as what my sins are. God can break the generational curses. Other people can see when I am sinning by my words and my actions. It is not hidden like what I sometimes think. If I try to keep them hidden, then the enemy will keep me bound up. If I live my life deeply rooted in God, there are so many blessings I will have in my life, and I will not miss out on what He has for me.

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