(Saturday August 25th 2018)
Topic: Let Him Decide
(Daily Manna DCLM25th August 2018 Daily Devotional)
Text: Genesis 26:1-5 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of” (Genesis 26:2).
A story was told of a man who have a promising job. With this job, he could rise to a great position in future. But because of the frenetic rush to travel abroad, he forsook his job. On getting there, he could only lay hands on a menial job that only elementary certificate holders could do in his country. He quickly came back to takeover his former employment in his country notwithstanding the years wasted. Today, he occupies a prime position and enjoys blessings he could never have enjoyed in the other country.
God told Isaac not to go down to Egypt despite the famine in his state of nativity. In Egypt, even when there was no rain, River Nile was always there to provide water for the lands. Crops grew from time to time despite low precipitation. There was always food when there was famine in other lands. Egypt would have been the best decision for Isaac, but the nation is identified with former ways of life. So, God told him not to go.
Many times, we are tempted to make decisions like this. Out of expediency, we may be at crossroads, not knowing what next to do. This is the time we need to go to God to direct us in taking the right decision. But we must have a ready mind to hear from God because He will not force His decision on us. We must depend upon him and refuse to lean on our own understanding.
God sees the future and knows the end right from the beginning; so, He has reasons for withholding us, or warning us against doing some things. A willing mind will always have a willing God to direct him.
Thought For The Day: Going to Egypt against God’s will is walking away from His wise counsel.
Bible Reading In One Year: Lamentations 1:1-3