Now he went up from there to Beersheba.
24 And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will favor you with blessings and multiply your descendants for the sake of My servant Abraham.
25 And [Isaac] built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants were digging a well. (Genesis 26:23-25)
(15/365 days of Fear Not)
Making our way in the world can be quite a challenge. Living out our purpose, the dream that God placed in out hearts even before we were conceived, can be frustrating at times even though it is God-given. We encounter obstacles and doubters and failures and these can invite doubt and fear to make their home in our hearts where our dreams becomes choked like flowers strangled by weeds.
In these moments perhaps, we need to reconsider our priorities.
Take note of Isaac’s plight. He has been on the move with his family and herds seeking a place to live after being evicted from the place he’d called home. This quest takes him several tries before he finds a place to rest and call home.
Following this moment of success, he stops and seeks God. He builds an alter and waits on the Lord. Only after this does he turn his focus on himself and pitch his tent; he has a place to rest and renew. And finally, he gets back to business, digging wells for the flocks and herds (the things that provide much of his wealth and power).
If you’ve stalled along your path, if you’ve felt fear or doubt settling in around your dream, take heart. God is still in the business of being with His children. He is still Emmanuel, God with us: Fear not, for I am with you and will favor you with blessings.
But sometimes God needs you to know that your God-given purpose, that dream that drives you, depends on Him. It depends on you depending on Him.