Do you ever feel alone? There have been so many nights I’ve prayed “God please help me through this difficult time”. It feels like no one sees and no one cares about the hard parts of your story sometimes. Isolation is a ploy the enemy has used since the beginning to pick off believers. I have been naive enough to believe that lie and have spent many years drowning in fear, anxiety, and depression as a result. Today you will see the Promise of God, He is with you in every season whether it feels like it or not. It is easier to not fear but Be Still when you know that God is with you.
We are looking 13 Promises of God to help us overcome fear and be still. Did you find this mid-series? We are in a 40-day Fast to learn how to be still and know God. Go back here and read the intro and keep up with series.
Genesis 26:24 The Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father; Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bless and favor you, and multiply your descendants, For the sake of My servant Abraham.”
The Context of Genesis 26:24
The story Isaac is one filled with learning to trust God again. Isaac, the child of promise, was born into a dysfunctional family like the rest of us. Some things you should know as we learn what it means that God is with us:
- Isaac was born into the family of God’s Promise
- His aged parents exiled his only brother.
- This family had no real roots, they just traveled the wilderness.
- His father attempted to murder Isaac in the name of God.
- Then his parents lived separated until Isaac’s mom died.
- Isaac has inherited (or learned) his father’s habit of lying about his wife.
- His parents are now both dead and he is finding his way in the world.
- Genesis 26:24 is the first time we see God say “Fear not for I am with you but it is repeated close to 200 times!
Observations from Genesis 26:24 Fear not for I am with means a real relationship with God
Why is it so easy to forget that God is with us?
Honestly, God had told Isaac He would be with him just a few verses earlier. What did Isaac do? He immediately began acting in like Abraham, went to a city and lied about his wife to the king. Isaac did not Trust God yet. Maybe there was a shadow of doubt about this God who would nearly have him sacrificed as a young man. Perhaps all this faith business was his fathers’ thing and Isaac really hadn’t owned it.
Has there been a time you owned your faith?
I mean, you realized your parents or grandma’s or aunts faith was not enough to save you. Has there been a time when you met God face to face and began a real relationship with Him?
I don’t ask in a judgemental way, I ask with genuine concern.
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These are some of the questions I used to ask, do they sound familiar?
- Why is God so hard on me?
- Why is God giving me a hard time?
- God, where are you?
- I even wondered how to pray to God to get what you want?
The answer is simple. God is Jealous and longs for a real relationship with you. Trust in God enough to be real (even when there are big things to forgive).
Application of Genesis 26:24 Fear not, for I am with you brings a blessing
Do you know how to let God into your life? (And I mean God, not religion)
What is the difference? Well, religion seeks to be saved from Hell, pain, discomfort. And don’t get me wrong, God saves! But Letting God into your life is about getting to know Him, allowing Him access to every part of your life. God wants to bless you, deliver you from trouble, be with you through hard times. Letting Him in is as simple as taking off your mask in prayer.
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The Presence of God brings blessing!
Many times the phrase “I am with you” is mentioned it is followed by blessing. Listen, this means that Yes, life is hard but God is good! You can Trust in the Lord with all your heart! Just google “Bible Verses about Trusting God” or “scriptures on trusting God” and you will see it is a theme repeated over and over.
I love this on how Life is hard but God is good from Desiring God,
How do you trust God?
Spend time in the Bible getting to know Him. Check out a Bible study on trusting God. A few I love are below:
Pray asking God to reveal His plan and help you in life.
Allow Other godly believers into your life to be the hands and feet of God in hard times.
Final Thoughts on Genesis 26:24
Isaac had to learn that God would be with him. It didn’t matter that God had promised it, spoken directly to Isaac and then reminded him again, Isaac had to learn it himself.
Can you relate to Isaac’s situation? It’s hard to trust God’s plan for our lives. Honestly, God’s Way and God’s timing are so mysterious. I can relate to Isaac because of the hard hurts that had to be forgiven. We look at Abraham’s faith to sacrifice Isaac and applaud Him, but poor Isaac. That had to leave a scar that made him afraid of God. Learning How to trust God more after hurt is a slow process.
Aren’t you glad God is patient with us and gives us so many chances to try again?!?!?!? God will repeat His promises to us to calm our fear – with No condemnation. I love that God knows we will fear and doesn’t hold it against us. Don’t you?
How God Helps us in difficult times:
God is faithful, even when we are not. Sometimes the difficult times in life are a direct result of my sin. Anyone else? God is still faithful to His promises no matter how unfaithful or willfully disobedient we are.
When difficult times come, God never leaves us or forsakes us. God allows the difficult times to come, and through them, He teaches you He is with you and you can trust Him. On the other side of difficult times are often times of blessing. Oh, that calls for some praise to the God who is with you!
A Prayer to Be Still and Not Fear when life is hard because God is With you
Oh Faithful Father God, Abba, my Dear Daddy,
Thank You for being so patient. The way You repeatedly Promise You will be with me so I do not need to fear is kind and compassionate. You are so gracious to me when you could be irritated, angry and judgemental. Oh, I praise You for being slow to anger but great in loving kindness!
God I need help with my life. I forget You are with me so often and try to do this in my own strength. Teach me to be still instead of being afraid. I’ve been asking “God what is your plan for my life?” but help me to just be with You as You are with me today. Let that be enough to fill my soul. To take today hour by hour and praise You throughout it.