The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live.” Genesis 26:2
During difficult times people will attempt to find someplace easier to go to get away from their difficulties. Sometimes it is physically moving to a new place to live, but often it is moving to a new job, new friends or some other change, rather than facing the difficulties.
It can look easier and greener in another location causing the desire to move. While sometimes it may be greener, other times it is jumping out of the pan into the fire.
During a major famine in the land, Isaac gets ready to move to a new area. God tells him to not go to Egypt, but to stay in the land where God puts him, and that God would bless him there.
Walking the path in life that God places a person does not always look like the best path from the human viewpoint. Fleeing hard times is the first thing that most people want to do. They want to be in control of their life and do not want hard struggles.
Seeing a different path will often look easier, but one cannot see all that God sees on that path. God has each person on a path in life for a purpose and while on that path, He will provide for all that is needed.
The best spot that a person can be in is the location that God has told him to be, regardless if that is home, job, church, or any other place. God can provide better than anyone or anything in this world will ever provide. Despite the famine, God can bless richly when He is trusted and obeyed.
Famines will arise in your life, whether famine of food or of provision or something else. Rather than running to Egypt or the world to meet your needs, seek God’s direction.
Work to ensure that you are living in the place God has called you to live. Only move when God says to move. God can and will provide more abundantly than anyone or anything on this earth can provide.
Going to Egypt may ensnare you in the enemy’s trap of greed and selfishness and pull you away from God. Do not go to Egypt but live where God has placed you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will obey God’s commands to you; that you will trust God’s provision in your life; that you will run to God, not Egypt for your needs; and that God will strengthen you in your walk with Him.