January 22 – God’s Blessing Passed Down

It was during this time of famine when 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.  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, because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.”  Isaac grew up hearing that his father Abraham was blessed by the Lord.  There was God’s promise that all nations would be blessed through Abraham.  Now the Lord spoke this same blessing to Isaac, giving him confirmation and assurance.  What peace Isaac must have felt knowing God would be with him.  I pray we sense that kind of peace from our Father today.  Lord, may we draw near to You and take time to reflect on Your many blessings in our own lives.  We thank You for Your decrees that show us the way to truth and full life.  Thank You for peace that over-comes the world.  Amen.

Genesis 26:2-5 NIV