Stay and Be Blessed

By the time she finished working she was well known and highly regarded.

Genesis 26:1-11

Reference: 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 ‭26‬:‭3‬ NIV)

Explore: My mother was a doctor in a local area for forty years. In that time she would have consulted hundreds of patients.

But more than the vast number, there were some people she cared for on a regular basis. She often extended care to people who had not been supported well medically in the past. People came from great distances just to get health care from my mum.

By the time she finished working in this area she was well known and highly regarded.

Application: There is a real strength in putting down roots and staying where you are. And yet it’s becoming a foreign concept in our younger generations today.

People easily move house, move job and move relationships depending on how they feel at the time. Because sometimes it does seem more challenging to stay.

Isaac came from a nomadic background and yet God told him to stay in an area so He could bless him. It made some relationships more tricky to stay, but God was true to His word and Isaac flourished.

I wonder whether many of us today are missing blessing from God because, too hastily, we move church, move work place and even move relationships. God shows us through Isaac that there is real possibility for growth and blessing when we settle in an area and work within God’s promise on our lives.

Prayer: Lord, may we find You in the place we are currently dwelling. Amen.

In which area of your life do you need to settle and find peace?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.